National Preparedness Month: Prepare now before disaster strikes

By Ready.gov

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National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.  

Take time to learn lifesaving skills, such as CPR and first aid. Check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters.  Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia will host several events throughout September to help you get prepared, including:

  • Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m.| Bldg 1 Cafeteria: Learn how to make and practice your emergency plan with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management

  • Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. | Bldg 6 Oasis C: Learn lifesaving skills with the NSA Philadelphia Nurse Coordinator

Stay tuned to your email, DLA Today and the DLA Facebook page for more preparedness events and tips throughout September.

You can also check out two new resource guides that are available to help DLA employees who find themselves affected by natural disasters or other emergencies affecting an area where they live or work. Read the recent blog by DLA Human Resources Director Brad Bunn for more information.

Visit the Ready.gov website for more preparedness information.