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!

9/27 Tip Of The Day - Explosions and fire

If there is an explosion:

  • Take shelter against your desk or a sturdy table.
  • Exit the building immediately.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Check for fire and other hazards.
  • Take your emergency supply kit if time allows.

If there is a fire:

  • Exit the building immediately.
  • If there is smoke, crawl under the smoke to the nearest exit and use a cloth, if possible, to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Use the back of your hand to feel the upper, lower, and middle parts of closed doors.
  • If the door is not hot, brace yourself against it and open slowly.
  • If the door is hot, do not open it. Look for another way out.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll to put out the fire. Do not run.
  • If you are at home, go to your previously designated outside meeting place.
  • Account for your family members and carefully supervise small children.
  • GET OUT and STAY OUT. Never go back into a burning building.
  • Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Department of Homeland Security