Park Forest Fire Department: National Preparedness Month

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– September 7, 2009. September is National Preparedness Month. The U.S. Fire Administration, FEMA and the Park Forest Fire Department believe preparing in advance can lessen or eliminate deaths, injuries and property damage from natural or man-made disasters. For this reason, each of us should take the time to find out how to be better prepared.

I. Make a Kit.

It is a good idea to have an emergency supply kit on hand in any emergency. In a basic emergency supply kit, the Ready Campaign recommends including the following:

  1. One gallon of water per person per day for three days – remember to include enough for your pets as well.
  2. At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. Also, choose foods your family will eat, such as ready-to-eat canned meats, peanut butter, protein or fruit bars, and dry cereal or granola. Also, pack a manual can opener and utensils.
  3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
  4. Flashlight with extra batteries.
  5. First aid kit.
  6. Whistle to signal for help.
  7. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  10. Local maps.

Remember the special needs of family members.

  1. Prescription medications and glasses.
  2. Infant formula and diapers.
  3. Pet food, extra water for your pet, leash and collar.
  4. Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  5. Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

II. Make a Plan.

Preparing a family emergency plan is simple. It will help your family to stay in contact if they are separated during an emergency.

The emergency plan includes the physical address, phone number and evacuation locations for work, school, and other most frequented locations.

Remember to include phone and policy numbers for doctors, pharmacies, medical insurance, homeowners insurance, and vet or kennels.

Most importantly, the Plan should include:

  1. An out-of-town contact;
  2. Neighborhood meeting place;
  3. Regional meeting place; and
  4. Evacuation location.

III. Be Informed.

Being informed about the different types of emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate ways to respond to them will impact the decision you make and the actions you take.

In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.

For more information visit: www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/focus/

Source: Park Forest Fire Department