MANSFIELD, OH - The month of September is National Preparedness Month and the Emergency Management Agency, along with the Ready campaign, are focusing on the theme 'Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can.'
Each Friday this month, WMFD will be talking with Richland County's Emergency Management Director, Mike Bailey, about a different aspect of homeowner preparedness, with the hope that it will spark a conversation within your household.
To kick things off, Mike spoke with us about making an emergency plan for yourself and your family, as well as building a kit full of supplies you may not realize would come in handy during an emergency.
If a disaster does strike, there won't be time to sit down and create a response plan. It's important to figure out how you'll contact your loved ones and reconnect if you are separated.
You and everyone in your family should be able to answer the following questions: 1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? 2. What is my family/household communication plan? 3. What is my shelter plan? 4. What is my evacuation route?
Additionally, you may want to consider putting together a kit of supplies that could come in handy during a potential emergency. If nothing else, consider stocking enough food and water to last you a minimum of three days.
Mike Bailey also suggests keeping a radio and extra batteries close by. He went on to say that while there are emergency kits out there that you can purchase, he encourages you to put together your own so you can customize it to your needs.
For an emergency kit checklist, visit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.