“Wake me up when September ends?” Not so fast Green Day! (performing live @ Voodoo Fest 2012)
Sept 18th is National Get Ready Day, which means there are still 12 days and 12 ways to end National Preparedness Month like a rockstar!
September 18, Day One: Sing in the shower if it makes you…Remember to obtain three gallons of water per person to last between three and five days. (1 case of bottled water = 3 gallons)
Day Two: Secure canned food/non-perishable items to sustain your family for the above mentioned time frame. (include can opener)
Day Three: Source your prescription medicine and mini first aid kits.
Day Four: Socks, underwear, blankets and other comfort items.
Day Five: Designate a special backpack or bag to solely contain your comfort pack items.
Day Six: Hand crank or battery operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
Day Seven: Educate your children about the importance of being prepared for natural disasters.
Day Eight: Ask your next door neighbor: “Are you stocked with items for the next emergency?” (identifying community assets and vulnerabilities)
Day Nine: Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes, #311 (hotline for information) and www.nola.gov/ready
Day Ten: Create contact cards with information containing at least two emergency contacts.
Day Eleven: Take pictures (maybe w/ your phone) of important documents and inventory your home.
September 30, Day Twelve: Find out what disaster prep plans are in place at your job and school.
12 Ways in 12 Days is meant to help you start your family disaster plan. Begin with the steps that are most comfortable for you and your loved ones. Ideas – we’d love to hear from you, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Consider the environment when making these choices and the amazing deals at your neighborhood thrift store: Prepare, Reuse, and Repeat.