September is National Preparedness Month – Are YOU Prepared?


Can you believe that Summer’s almost gone, even thoughit seems like it just got started?

September is “National Preparedness Month,” and once again publicsafe.org Founder/Publisher Wayne Corey has some important information on how you can prepare for the coming winter months and be ready for any type of emergency.

“It is never too early!” he told us.

His website has been updated to include a lot of information from national organizations, King County and local police and fire jurisdictions. By viewing various videos and clicking on the various links, people can find out what they need to do this winter in case of emergencies; like how to make a supply kit, how to make evacuation plans and what supplies they need to have on hand and for how long. There is complete information on family members from adults to kids, as well as how to take care of your pets. Every business should also have an emergency plan. It can save lives, company assets, and more important, how to recover to save your entire business.

It is important to understand that we never know how severe winter storms are going to be or when earthquakes strike and what effects they will have on our daily lives. In other words: it’s never too early to GET READY.

Locally, Des Moines Police Department Community Service Officer Kory Batterman heads up a program called Des Moines NET (neighborhood emergency teams). To find out if there is a team in your neighborhood or you would like to start a Neighborhood Emergency Team, contact him at (206) 870-7617, by emailing kbatterman@desmoineswa.gov or go to his website Des Moines NET for more information.

If you are a low income senior living in Normandy Park or Des Moines, you qualify for a FREE emergency kit. Just visit the Des Moines Senior center at 2045 S. 216th Street.

Wayne reminds us:

“I know I sound redundant and say the same thing every year, but I can’t emphasize enough the need to plan for the unexpected. My wife thought I was crazy when I put 4 cases of bottled water in our store room. And let’s not forget my favorite sustenance – Peanut Butter. All you have to do is view the recent news videos of the hurricane that just devastated New Orleans with floods to realize the need to PREPARE for the worst.”

Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Involved!

Click the image below to view video on why you should get prepared for emergencies:


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