National Preparedness Month is observed every September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies. The 2022 theme is “A Lasting Legacy.” The life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.

Being prepared for any emergency is as simple as planning ahead and building an emergency kit. Preparing for a disaster before it happens will greatly increase your ability to help your family cope with an emergency or evacuation. Assembling the supplies now that you might need following a disaster is an important part of your plan.

Week 1: Build a Kit

Families should have at least one emergency kit in their homes. It is also a good idea to have a kit at work and in the car. At the bare minimum, this kit should include a supply of water and nonperishable food for at least three days. The kit should also have a first aid kit, a flashlight or lantern, a battery-operated radio, a change of clothes, and extra blankets.

This message is brought to you by the IUP Emergency Management Office.