National Preparedness Month: Week Two

Week 2: September 9-15: Learn Life Saving Skills

Prepare for disasters by taking small steps, such as putting smoke alarms in your home and testing them monthly and learning basic home maintenance to help mitigate against flood damage. Basic maintenance can include:

  • Cleaning out gutters
  • Elevating your washer, dryer, water heater, oil tank, furnace, etc. or protecting them with a flood wall or shield
  • Cleaning the drain in your basement
  • Installing a sump pump system if you have below grade floors
  • Waterproofing your basement

Know how to shut off your utilities, such as electric, gas, and water during a disaster.

Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until emergency responders can arrive. FEMA offers a web based training on what to do in life threatening situations called Until Help Arrives that teaches simple actions that can be done.

Check with your local American Red Cross about signing up for a CPR, AED, or First Aid training class.

Another way to help your community is by joining your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which is based off of the idea of training individuals to be able to become first responders if a disaster occurs.

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