September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness MonthAlthough we have not experienced a hurricane this season, we have seen the powerful impact of Harvey in Texas. We should be prepared for any disaster. The Ready campaign is a national public campaign that educates and empowers Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The New Jersey Department of Health has made it a priority to strengthen our state’s health care infrastructure to prepare for any public health emergency including natural disasters, bioterrorism, or a disease outbreak. You can also participate for preparation in the event of a public health emergency.

General Preparedness includes:

  • Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
  • Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family and friends.
  • Check on neighbors
  • Keep an emergency kit wherever you spend time: home car, work, etc.
  • Download the FEMA app and set up local alerts
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media and take action.
  • Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise.
  • Take a first aid class so you can help until first responders arrive.

Fall Emergency Preparedness includes:

  • If ordered to evacuate, know the route and plan where to go.
  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Fire Safety:

  • Identify a meeting place for your family or anyone you live with.
  • Don’t Wait, Check the Date – Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 years


  • Practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”
  • Anchor loose items to secure wall in your home.
  • Text, don’t call.

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