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: "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. YOU CAN". Before an emergency happens, make a plan by using these 4 helpful steps. Step 1: Ask yourself and your family some simple but important questions- How will I receive emergency alerts? What is my evacuation route in-case I have to leave the Town and How will I communicate the plan to my family? Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household such as how friends and family can assist each other with communication, care of children, pet needs and specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment such as oxygen systems or having enough prescription medications. Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan. A great example can be found at www.Ready.Gov/make-a-plan Step 4: Practice your plan with your family! The best laid out plans are useless if you do not practice how to use them. Bonus Tip: Make sure you have a 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.