September is National Preparedness Month - Photo of an Emergency Preparedness Kit in a Blue Container

National Preparedness Month Tips of the Day

There are a few simple steps you and your family can take to become better prepared for an emergency: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed and Get Involved. This September, during National Preparedness Month, please follow these "Tips of the Day" from the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help you and your family get started today!

9/10 Tip Of The Day - Be ready to go!

Make sure you have a to-go bag on hand in case you have to evacuate. Your portable kit should include: water, food, battery-powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries, first-aid supplies, change of clothing, blanket or sleeping bag, wrench or pliers, whistle, dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape, trash bags, local map, a manual can opener for canned food and special items including medication for infants, older individuals, or individuals with disabilities and other special needs. Keep these items in an easy to carry container such as a covered trash container, a large backpack or a duffle bag.

Visit for more information about what supplies to include in your kit. Department of Homeland Security