September is National Preparedness Month
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and serves to remind all citizens of the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency--not just now, but throughout the year! We must be prepared for any and all types of emergencies that could happen at anytime and anywhere. Emergencies can affect us where we live, work or even visit!
This year's theme is: "Don't wait, Communicate! Make Your emergency Plan Today". Before an emergency happens, have a family meeting to determine who will be your point of contact. That person should preferably be the same family member or it might even be easier to reach someone who is out of town and possibly away from the emergency. Have a meeting place if you are away from home--both in your neighborhood, as well as within the Town. Have an Information Form (more ideas/examples can also be found at www.Ready.Gov/make-a-plan) filled out with important data such as Out of Town contact(s), Neighborhood Meeting as well as Regional Meeting Place, Work Information, School Information, Family Information, Medical Information and Insurance Information. Make sure to keep this information and copies in a safe place such as your wallet, purse, car, office and your Disaster Kit--learn how to make a Disaster kit at www.Ready.Gov/Kit.
Important tip: "Text, don't talk!" Unless you're in danger, send a text to your contact person. Texts messages may have an easier time getting through than phone calls because a text requires far less bandwidth that a phone call. Text messages may also save and then resend automatically as soon as capacity becomes available, and you don't tie up phone lines that maybe needed by emergency workers.
Listed below are additional links that can help you and your family prepare for certain emergencies. It is the responsibility for all of us to be prepared in case of a emergency or disaster!
Preparing for Emergencies in the Town of Vinton
Learn how to prepare your family, pets and home for emergencies in advance. The following are basic tips for commonly occurring emergencies:
For More Information
If you have any questions or would like information about creating a family emergency plan, please visit www.Ready.Gov
, Ready Virginia
, Ready Roanoke Valley
, or contact the Vinton Fire Department at (540) 983-0629.