30 Days, 30 Ways to be Prepared ~ Week Four ~ September 22 to September 30

~ Submitted by MEMA, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 2021 as Emergency Preparedness Month to encourage residents, families, and organizations to prepare for emergencies and disasters. These efforts are part of a month-long National Preparedness Month campaign. 

To help make it easier for residents to prepare, as part of Emergency Preparedness Month, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is promoting “30 Days 30 Ways: 30 Days of Preparedness”. The initiative breaks down emergency preparedness into simple steps residents can take in 30 days to be more prepared by the end of the month. 

Wednesday, September 22 – Preparing for emergencies doesn’t have to be expensive. Buy items at a discount store that you’d need in case of an emergency or power outage like food, water, batteries, and other supplies: http://bit.ly/MEMAEmergencyKit

Thursday, September 23 – If you don’t have it, consider buying flood insurance. Whether you are inside or outside of a floodplain & whether you are a homeowner, renter, or business owner, you can purchase a flood insurance policy from the NFIP. http://floodsmart.gov

Friday, September 24 – Check the flashlights, batteries, and conditions & expiration dates of your emergency supplies. Restock or replace any items as necessary. Re-think your emergency kit needs every year & update as your needs change. http://bit.ly/MEMAEmergencyKit

Saturday, September 25 – Emergencies may strike at any time – learn about emergency plans at your workplace, children’s school or daycare, or other places where your family spends time. https://bit.ly/MEMAEmergencyPlan

Sunday, September 26 – Test your smoke and CO alarms. Do they need new batteries? Are the smoke alarms more than 10 years old or is the CO alarm past expiration date? Then it’s time to replace them. https://www.mass.gov/service-details/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms

Monday, September 27 – This week when you’re shopping, buy any extra medical items, supplies, and a first aid kit so that you have the things you may need to stay safe during an emergency. http://bit.ly/MEMAEmergencyKit

Tuesday, September 28 – Check if your local public safety agencies (police, fire, emergency management) have social media accounts and if so, follow them for local emergency information. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/be-informed-and-receive-emergency-alerts

Wednesday, September 29 – Teach your kids know how to communicate during an emergency. Review these topics with them: (1) Dialing 9-1-1 for help (2) Emergency contact numbers (3) Sending text messages Learn more on how to prepare your family: http://ready.gov/kids

Thursday, September 30 – Inventory and photograph the contents of your home which you may need for your insurance after a disaster. Insurance information and home inventory checklist: http://ow.ly/d4N850vLlKz

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