Hoping it Never Happens, Planning for if it Does: National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Although we hope it never strikes us, being prepared for disaster is an important part of keeping your family safe and healthy. Most people have heard the basics of disaster preparedness many times, so the efforts of agencies like the CDC are now focused on educating people about things that are commonly forgotten.

Besides a first-aid kit, food and water, disaster preparation means making sure that there are adequate stocks of supplies for pets and individuals with special needs. Having a plan in place is also crucial, since there often isn’t time to make one when the catastrophe actually occurs. Plans may be different depending on the circumstances, so having a few of them can be helpful. In Los Angeles, some of the most likely disaster scenarios include fires and earthquakes.

The CDC, American Red Cross and other agencies remind you to take stock of your family’s disaster preparedness status this September. Most people will never use their disaster preparedness supplies or plans, but in certain situations they can be crucial.

Once you set up your disaster plan download the latest podcast from The Maria Sanchez Show for more information about current events around Los Angeles and the Nation.

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