30 Days, 30 Ways to be Prepared ~ Week Two ~ September 8 to September 14

~ 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 8 – If you receive medical treatments or home health care services, work with your medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service if you are unable to leave your home during a hurricane or other emergency. https://bit.ly/3yJP3aX

Thursday, September 9 – Check this interactive map to learn if you live, work, or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone: http://mass.gov/knowyourzone

Friday, September 10 – Your family may not be together when disaster strikes. Make an emergency plan that includes an emergency contact plan so you can connect after a disaster. Learn more: https://bit.ly/MEMAEmergencyPlan

Saturday, September 11 – Pick one or more safety skills to learn keep you safe and you’ll be able to help others: ✅Take a First Aid and CPR Class ✅Learn to Use a Fire Extinguisher ✅Know How to Shut Off Utilities https://www.ready.gov/safety-skills

Sunday, September 12 – Put a small amount of cash aside in a safe place or with emergency supplies for use in an emergency. ATMs and credit card machines won’t always be available after a disaster or power outage. https://www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness

Monday, September 13 – This week when you’re shopping, buy extra batteries for your flashlights, radios, and any other items you’d need during a power outage. http://bit.ly/MEMAEmergencyKit

Tuesday, September 14  – Pets are important members of many households, and like people, they are affected by disasters. Spend 10 minutes and make an emergency plan for your pets & service animals – what you’d need, where you’d take them, and more: https://bit.ly/3fXBe1w

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