Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed September Arizona Preparedness Month in conjunction with National Preparedness Month, and in an effort to encourage people, businesses and whole communities to prepare for potential emergencies.
Although Arizona does not experience coastal weather storms, recent response efforts related to Hurricane Harvey remind the public that people who prepare their families and property for emergencies are well poised to respond and recover when a disaster strikes.
Arizonans are encouraged to take the following steps to get prepared:
Make a Family Communication Plan. Write and rehearse family evacuation and communication plan that identifies a family meeting place, accounts for individuals' unique needs, and includes local emergency numbers and an Out-of-Town Contact. Download a free Family Communication Plan template.
Build an emergency supplies kit. Gather enough supplies to sustain you and your family for at least three days. Suggested kit items include first aid supplies, nonperishable food, drinking water (one gallon/per person/per day), prescriptions, a flashlight with extra batteries, copies of important documents, cell phone chargers, and a weather radio.
Be informed .Contact your local emergency management office to sign up to receive emergency notifications. Know the hazards in your community. Ask school administrators and your employer to see evacuation plans and preparedness procedures. Listen to/watch local and national weather and news coverage, and learn to use everyday technologies (e.g., the internet and mobile phones) to stay connected in an emergency.
Inspire others. Be a preparedness example for your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Give blood or take a basic first aid course and invite others to join you. Share what you’ve learned about personal and family preparedness and find ways to involve others in the preparations.
Still want to do more?
Participate in the Emergency Kit Cook-Off by taking a “comfort food” recipe and re-invent it in a nonperishable way using ingredients found in your 72-hour emergency supply kit. You have until Saturday, Sept. 30, to submit a recipe to the online cookbook and receive an Emergency Kit Cook-Off apron while supplies last.
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September is Arizona Preparedness Month