September is National Prepardness Month

As September winds down, a reminder to NH Citizens that September is National Preparedness Month. Please 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!).¬†Children depend on daily routines. They wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, play with friends. When emergencies or disasters interrupt this routine, many children may become anxious. In a disaster, they’ll look to you and other adults for help. How you react to an emergency gives them clues on how to act. If you react with alarm, your child may become more scared. They see your fear as proof that the danger is real.¬† As a teacher or parent, 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. Be sure to have your home preparedness plans in place by following these links and recommendations.

* Types of Disasters that require Disaster Preparedness

* Build A Preparedness Kit

* Create a Communication Plan for the event of an Emergency

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