Although 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
- 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.
For more information visit, https://www.ready.gov/september