Make preparedness a year-round family activity
Roughly half of all Americans make New Year's resolutions. In 2014, the Monterey County Health Department, FEMA and the Ad Council are encouraging them to Resolve to be Ready for potential emergencies by committing to make preparedness a year-round family activity. To help make this preparedness resolution easy to keep the Monterey County Health Department recommends families consider these three ideas when making a plan: who to call, where to meet and what to pack.
To help your family to begin or to update disaster plans Ready.gov offers the following templates:
- Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids-Ready Kids
- Emergency Supply Kit Checklists for Parents and Kids-Ready Kids
- Emergency Supply Kit Checklists for Parents and Kids (Spanish)
“We are all aware that we should plan for what our family will do in the case of an emergency said Karen Smith, Health Department Public Information Officer, “This task seems overwhelming but you and your family can do it in small steps and it can be a shared project.”
Emergencies can range from inconvenient to devastating, but by making this resolution and following these simple steps in advance, you will minimize the impact on you, your family and your businesses and give yourself greater peace of mind.
For age-appropriate tools and resources to introduce conversations about disaster preparedness to children on www.ready.gov/kids or the Spanish language website http://www.ready.gov/es/ninos, including a downloadable family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists and guidelines on how to make preparedness a year-round family activity.
Follow #Prepared2014 on Twitter and Facebook for more information throughout the year to help keep your resolution to be ready.