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September is National Preparedness Month – what’s your plan?

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September is National Preparedness Month, a time to create a game plan for emergencies or disasters. Do you have a plan of action?

The Quad Cities can see disasters from flooding to winterstorms to thunderstorms and others. Click here for information on different types of threats.

“We know disasters can and do happen in our state,” said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. “I am asking Iowans to take steps now to prepare themselves, their families, their places of business, and their communities for any emergency.”

The American Red Cross said it is important that every member of a household helps to put together an emergency plan. Everyone should know what to do, even when the household members are not together, for instance if they are at work or school. A plan should include ways to contact each other, predetermined places to meet, or evacuation routes.

Other ways to prepare for emergencies is to make a kit. A spokesperson from the Red Cross said this kit should be easy to carry so it can be taken outside the home if need be. The Red Cross recommends a kit includes water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, batteries, a radio, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, personal hygiene items, and important personal documents. Click here for a full list of recommended items.

The Red Cross has prepared an interactive guide to help families prepare for disasters – click here.

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