September is National Preparedness Month

By Janice K.Wright (aka JK Wrights 2U), student, Center for Distance Learning

September 13, 2011

“Being prepared today can save lives tomorrow.” – Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter CEO Renee Cardwell Hughes

Let us take a moment to commemorate the victims as well as the fallen and unsung heroes of 9/11. 

Preparedness is vital. It is an essential area of focus for first responders such as firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians, among others relied upon when a crisis arises from the damages caused by a catastrophe, such as bombings, oppositional armed attacks, fires, floods, hurricanes, power outages or other disasters. 

The 9/11 responders, many of whom lost their lives, are remembered for their efforts. The assault is an unforgettable American tragedy. The unsuspecting victims, who entered the former World Trade Center each day making their contributions to society through their positions and livelihoods housed in the World Trade Center’s twin towers, are not forgotten.

In any type of devastating event or emergency it is necessary to be prepared in a few areas and on certain levels. Remaining calm is imperative, in conjunction with the following American Red Cross advisory tips for life and property saving tools: 

  • Get a kit. It is important to build and keep on hand an emergency preparedness kit which includes copies of identification documents, water, nonperishable food items and flash lights. 
  • Make a plan. Plan a course of action for you and your family to follow in an emergency, including where to meet and contact information for someone outside the state who will be the point of contact for all family members. 
  • Be informed. Resources are available in your community about the possible types of disasters that could occur there. 

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