As part of National Safety Month this June, the National Safety Council (NSC) is promoting Emergency Preparedness Week June 16-22 to help citizens plan for emergencies of all types.
NSC recommends that every family should not only have a plan in case of an emergency, but should practice that plan at least twice a year. Plans should take the physical capabilities of family members in mind, including children and older adults.
Start by creating an emergency preparedness kit, which should include:
- Water (one gallon per person, per day for at least three days)
- Enough nonperishable food (for at least three days) and can opener
- Battery-powered radio
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Tool kit
- Moist towelettes and garbage bags for sanitation
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Cell phone and portable charger
As part of National Safety Month, NSC is calling on organizations, communities and the public to help share this information and encourage safe behaviors. Posters, tip sheets and crossword puzzles are available for free download.