September 2009 is National Preparedness Month

September 9, 2009 | Risk Management

Are you prepared for an emergency situation? Ready.gov suggests that emergency preparedness consists of getting an emergency preparedness kit, making a plan, staying informed and getting involved to prepare your community. An emergency preparedness kit should store supplies for you and everyone in your household for three days. The kit should include one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, flashlight, radio, batteries, a first aid kit, and prescription medications. The plan should include directions of what to do, where to go, and who to contact in the event of an emergency. Also, staying updated and informed through the news and media is essential in emergency situations. Getting involved with groups like Citizen Corps, a FEMA oriented program to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience, is also encouraged and a number of CUNY schools have engaged in Citizen Corps training through Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). For more information please visit Ready.gov.