September is National Preparedness Month: Plan & Prepare Before an Emergency

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September is National Preparedness Month and Mifflin Township and Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security encourages residents to plan and prepare for all hazards before they happen. The month serves as a reminder that emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere without advance notice.

This year’s theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” The campaign emphasizes the need for all residents to know how to respond and what to do should disaster strike.  Citizens are reminded to be informed about the top risks facing them and to register for ALERT Franklin County at www.alertfranklincounty.org to receive important information and weather alerts on their mobile devices. Residents are reminded to create and practice an emergency plan that includes all family members and pets, build a disaster supply kit, and get involved by learning lifesaving skills – such as CPR and first aid.

Throughout National Preparedness Month, Ready.gov will feature a different preparedness theme each week including:

  • Make a Plan
  • Build a Kit
  • Low Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
  • Teach Youth About Preparedness

As part of National Preparedness Month, FCEM&HS and Mifflin Township encourages parents to include the whole family in the planning process.  Young children and teens can learn how to become better prepared, build an emergency supply kit and become a “Disaster Master” by playing online games at www.ready.gov/kids/games.

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