Posted on 08/30/16
August 30, 2016, Monroe, NC – With school back in session and the peak of hurricane season approaching, Union County Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents and businesses to review and discuss their emergency plans and update emergency supplies kits.
Gov. Pat McCrory proclaimed September as North Carolina Preparedness Month which coincides with National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The designation is made each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies.
“You cannot predict when weather-related or man-made emergencies will occur, but residents can plan now how they will respond when disasters strike,” Union County Emergency Manager Don Moye said. “It’s simple steps that can save lives. Make a family emergency plan, practice that plan and put together an emergency supplies kit. Being prepared before a disaster makes recovering from one a little bit easier. Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.”
Earlier this month Union County conducted a Full Scale Exercise (FSE) partnering with government staff, non-government agencies, private and public businesses, volunteers and students to practice and review preparedness polices while demonstrating hands-on, simulated disasters. The FSE enabled Union County residents and first responders the ability to prepare and identify gaps in our emergency response capabilities.
Moye encourages residents, schools and business owners to make a plan and practice it routinely with other household members, staff or employees. The plan should include details about where to meet, how to get in touch with one another, evacuation plans, what to do with pets and how to notify employees after an emergency.
“An emergency plan is only the first step in being prepared for when disasters strike,” said Moye. “Having a plan in place is only good if you practice it. Talk to others in your home about the plan, and be sure to talk with your child’s school officials about the school’s emergency plans.”
The next step, Moye said, is to put together an emergency supplies kit, which contains items needed for survival regardless of the emergency.
“Emergency supplies kit items can be found around the house,” said Moye. “Having an emergency supplies kit will help you after an emergency because first responders may not be able to reach you quickly. Or, having important papers readily accessible will speed up the recovery process because you can more quickly process insurance claims. Regardless of the reason, an emergency kit is essential.”
Basic items that should be in an emergency kit are:
For more emergency preparedness information visit View Emergency Management and ReadyNC.org or download the free ReadyNC mobile app.