September is National Preparedness Month, a time for us to prepare for possible emergencies, including manmade disasters and natural disasters such as hurricanes and winter storms.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Campbell County Department of Public Safety recommend that individuals, families, businesses, and communities prepare for emergencies before they happen.
One way you can prepare is to assemble emergency supply kits for your home, office, and car.
Important items to have include cell phone back-up power, batteries, flashlights, bottled water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and a portable generator.
You should also have items needed by your children, your pets, the elderly, and family members with disabilities.
It’s also a good idea to create a family emergency communications plan in which you decide where you and your family members will meet if you become separated during an emergency. A written or typed list of emergency contacts is also helpful in case you can’t access your smartphone or online contact lists.
The Campbell County Department of Public Safety has much more information to help you prepare for different kinds of emergencies. Click on the link below for that information.