September is National Preparedness Month. Take time this month to ensure that you, your family, and your pets are prepared with not only a preparedness kit for natural disasters but for home emergencies as well.
Disasters and emergencies are unpredictable and because they can occur at any time they can be especially frightening for children (and adults!). Being prepared can help lessen fears and anxieties before, during and after a disaster. Steps taken to prepare for any disaster can reduce the chance of harm and increase the chance for survival. We strongly encourage families to include ALL members living within the home in preparedness conversations and preparations in advance of these potential disasters.
TYPES OF DISASTERS POSSIBLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE:
FLOODS: Floods are one of the most common hazards in the U.S. While most people don’t believe that they could be impacted by flooding, floods impact New Hampshire annually and are likely to occur in many jurisdictions.
HURRICANES: A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorm, and a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface. A hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. A tropical storm has sustained winds of 39-73 mph.
POWER OUTAGES: Blackouts/power outages can happen anywhere, and to anyone, which is why it is so important to be prepared. Power loss is often caused from one of the following: snow, ice storms, hurricanes, tornadoes or other storms with high winds. They can all cause severe damage that can lead to power outages. Flooding, animals and vehicle or construction accidents can also cause power outages.
WINTER STORMS: Winter storms can knock out heat, power and communications, sometimes for days at a time. Winter storms include a variety of weather, including snow or subfreezing temperatures, strong winds and even ice or heavy rain storms. People are injured or killed in traffic accidents on icy roads, or suffer from hypothermia due to prolonged exposure to the cold.
CREATE YOUR PREPAREDNESS KIT:
In a disaster there is no time to get ready. Get ready now by taking the essential step of preparing your emergency kit.
Your emergency kit should contain basic items that you, your family and pets may need in the event of an emergency. Take the first step towards getting ready now: prepare an emergency kit. At a minimum, plan to have at least a 3-day supply, of food, water and medicine. Create a kit for your home and your car.
It is important to remember to review the content of your kit on a regular basis. Some items can expire – like bottled water. Taking action means checking your kit and exchanging these items for fresh supplies. You can always use supplies to swap out before they expire for lunch or dinner.
Visit these webiste for preparedness checklist and more useful resources: ReadyNH.Gov, American Red Cross and Ready.gov