September Has Been Designated as Emergency Preparedness Month by FEMA
September has been designated as Emergency Preparedness Month by FEMA. Disasters can occur at any time of the year and range from weather related disasters, earthquakes, terrorist attack or utility failures. When faced with a disaster, it is important to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least three days without assistance from local officials.
During September, a table will be set up at City Hall with emergency preparedness information/brochures. You will also find information on line by visiting http://www.parkridgefd.org
The Park Ridge Fire Department offers the following tips on preparing for an emergency.
· Learn community evacuation routes.
· Create an emergency plan including safe spots in and out of your home.
· Prepare a disaster kit
· Stay informed with local news and emergency information.
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger