Week 4 – National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is winding down, and what better way to close than by practicing a drill. Knowing what types of hazards and disasters are most likely to affect you is a great start.  Building an emergency supply kit will help sustain you after a disaster.  But do you know what to do when a disaster is occurring?

When a disaster strikes, your brain is going to go into fight or flight mode and it may become difficult to make good decisions. Practicing the appropriate actions before a disaster occurs will help you remember what to do when your adrenaline is pumping.  Going through a drill could also help you remain calm and keep those around you safe.

Here are some ways to practice being prepared:

    • Gather your family members and practice a home evacuation drill. Go to your meeting place and discuss your communication plan. http://www.ready.gov/family-communications
    • Practice how to shelter-in-place at your home: http://www.ready.gov/shelter
    • Practice an emergency drill at your workplace. Or check out Ready Rating from the Red Cross: http://readyrating.org/   Grab coffee or lunch afterwards to get people involved.wea_alert_02
    • Register for the Montana ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 22nd at www.shakeout.org/montana.  At 10:22am, simply Drop low to the ground; Cover yourself with a desk or table and protect your head and neck; and Hold on to keep the table over you.
    • Sign up for “Wireless Emergency Alerts” on your phone to receive important updates. http://www.ready.gov/alerts
    • Visit America’s PrepareAthon website to find information on preparedness activities and drills. If you are hosting an event, be sure to register it on the calendar! www.ready.gov/prepare

Just because National Preparedness Month is almost over, doesn’t mean you should stop with preparedness actions. Follow @ReadyMontana on Twitter for daily tips and visit ready.mt.gov for more information

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