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September is National Preparedness Month

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments

Sutter Roseville Medical Center is once again a coalition partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), promoting preparedness for the community for National Preparedness Month. In tis 10th year, National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA, is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies.

Over the pats 10 years, there has been a 50% increase in Disaster Declarations made in the United States alone. We are more prepared, but more work is needed.  In a recent national poll:

– 11% of families and individuals reported they have Emergency Plans

– 53% of families and individuals reported they have Emergency Kits and Supplies

– 13% of families and individuals have reported they have taken some steps to prepare for Emergencies

This month, take some steps to prepare:

BE INFORMED: Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family emergency plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. By beginning a process of learning about your specific risks and local plans and response available to you, you are preparing yourself to react in an emergency.

MAKE A PLAN: Make a Family Emergency Plan.  Your Family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency. Practice and update the plan, too.  Know your work, school and community disaster plans. If you are not familiar with the plans, contact your supervisor, school administrators or  your local fire department for information.

MAKE A KIT: Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit with first aid supplies, tools, food and water for your home, office or car. This is important for everyone to do, but especially important for individuals with children, pets, special needs, disabilities and the elderly.

GET INVOLVED: In the face of Disaster, we come together with courage, compassion and unity to help each other and help the nation. Get involved with volunteer groups such as local faith based relief groups or even the Citizen Corps, Medical Reserve Corps and the American Red Cross and more before disaster strikes.

 

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments