National Preparedness Month: Make a plan to prepare for disasters

September is National Preparedness Month and Gwinnett County's Emergency Management team wants to remind residents to be ready if disaster strikes. This year, the County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will focus on the importance of preparing children and teenagers for possible emergencies and disasters with the 2019 theme: Prepared, Not Scared.

Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters is this week’s theme. Police, fire, and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most essential step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the faster the community will recover.

Consider the following tips to help you make an effective emergency plan:

  • Receive timely information about weather conditions or emergency events to know when to take action. Get the FEMA app with weather alerts for up to five locations, disaster resources, and safety tips. Learn more at fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • Take into account your households needs such as: different ages of family members, dietary and medical needs, and if you have any pets or service animals.
  • Complete a household communications plan that includes phone numbers, email addresses, and emergency-meeting locations where family members can go for protection or to reunite.
  • Learn the types of disasters that are most common in your community, evacuation, and shelter plans for each specific disaster. Practice evacuating in the car, so everyone is more familiar if you need to evacuate in an emergency.

For more detailed information and resources, visit www.ready.gov.