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September 04, 2009

Be Ready, Be Safe: September is Preparedness Month

It’s relatively simple to be prepared. Disasters can happen at any time in Vermont; our state has seen its share of snow storms and floods; and even 3 tornados over a 12 month period in 2008-2009. You usually can’t avoid disasters, but being prepared can help lessen the affects of these events on you, your family, or your business. September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide and statewide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools.

Governor Jim Douglas has proclaimed September to be National Preparedness Month in Vermont as well, and encourages Vermonters to take steps to prepare themselves for potential disasters.

Preparing for a disaster can be as simple as buying extra water or batteries during a trip to the grocery store; but there are many more steps you can and should take to ensure you don’t fall victim to disaster.

1. Build an Emergency Kit - Get a kit of emergency supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for at least three days in the event of an emergency. The kit should include basic items like water, food, battery-powered radio, flashlight and a first aid kit. Everything you need to know can be found in the Vermont Emergency Management Family Disaster Preparedness Workbook. You can download a copy, or get a hard copy by calling VEM at (800) 347-0488.

2. Make a Plan - Plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency. Your plan should include a communications plan, address sheltering-in-place and evacuation, and agree on a common meeting place if separated.

3. Be Informed - Learn more about different threats that could affect your community and appropriate responses to them.

4. Get Involved - After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step: get training in first aid and emergency response and get involved in preparing your community.

5. Be sure you have enough insurance - Know what your home, business and vehicle insurance policies cover and don’t cover in case you experience losses.

For more information on Preparedness Month and for more preparedness tips, go to, or

Media can call Vermont Emergency Management at 800-347-0488 for more information or to set up interviews.

Source: Vermont Emergency Management
Last Updated at: September 04, 2009 14:17:05