Posted on 08/27/15
August 27, 2015, Monroe, NC – As peak hurricane season nears, Union County Emergency Management officials are reminding residents that now is the time to plan and prepare for emergencies and disasters.
“Natural and man-made emergencies are unpredictable, but residents can take steps now to plan how they will respond when disasters strike,” Union County Emergency Manager Donald Moye said. “Take time now to make a family emergency plan, practice that plan and put together an emergency supplies kit. The more prepared you are before disaster strikes, the more prepared you are to recover from it. Be aware of the risks, prepare for the worst but hope for the best.”
Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed September as Emergency 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.
Moye encourages residents, schools and business owners to make a plan and practice it routinely with other household members or staff. 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.
The next step, Moye said, is to put together an emergency supplies kit.
“Having the kit in place will help you during the emergency and make the recovery process a bit easier,” said Moye. “For example, including copies of insurance policies in your kit will enable you to more quickly process claims. Most of the items needed for the kit can be found around your house.”
Other basic items that should be in an emergency kit are:
For more emergency preparedness information, visit ReadyNC.org or download the free ReadyNC mobile app.
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