National Preparedness Month tips to keep safe during emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month, and county officials nationwide are reminding households, businesses and communities to be prepared and plan for emergencies.

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Greene County Public Health is reminding residents to be prepared, not scared with these four steps: be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community and what to do before, during and after; make a plan for what to do in an emergency; build an emergency supply kit; and get involved.

Hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, each week during the month will focus on a different aspect of preparedness.

  • Week one, Sept.1-7: Saving up for disaster costs
  • Week two, Sept. 8-14: Making a plan to prepare for disasters
  • Week three, Sept. 15-21: Teaches youth to prepare for disasters
  • Week four, Sept. 22-30: Getting involved in your community's preparedness

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The American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter is prepared all year for disasters and is urging everyone to “Be Red Cross Ready” too.

The three important actions to get prepared are:

  • Build a kit to use at home or take with you if you have to evacuate that includes water, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, first aid kit and medications
  • Make a plan by talking with family members about what to do and plan where to meet if everyone is separated
  • Be informed by knowing what kinds of emergencies may occur where you live

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