September is National Preparedness Month. Are you prepared?

(New Philadephia, Ohio) – Every year, September is known as National Preparedness Month. Tuscarawas County Health Department has committed to promoting National Preparedness month to increase preparedness efforts throughout Tuscarawas County.

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide, month-long effort encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. The theme for this year’s Ready campaign is: Prepared, Not Scared. If you know what to do and are prepared for emergencies or disasters, you’re less likely to be scared.

Don’t think disasters happen in Ohio? Think again. According to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Ohio was hit with 21 tornadoes Memorial Day and the next morning, 15 in the Dayton area, including two EF-3 tornadoes.

One of National Preparedness Month’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with four important steps:

  1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency;
  2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency (fire, tornado, severe weather);
  3. Build an emergency supply kit (enough to last three days for every person); and
  4. Get involved – become a member of the Medical Reserve Corps!

Check out the Tuscarawas County Health Department’s Facebook page every day during the month of September for preparedness tips.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit: www.ready.gov. For more information on the Tuscarawas County Medical Reserve Corps visit: http://www.tchdnow.org/medical-reserve-corp-mrc.html.

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