Aimed at encouraging emergency planning efforts and awareness, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is reminding the public that September is National Preparedness Month.
As residents continue to confront the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, IEMA and local emergency managers are underscoring the need to be prepared for potential emergencies at home, at work and in the community.
During September, residents are encouraged to consider COVID-19 guidelines when evaluating and improving their family emergency plan.
Some helpful planning tips include:
- Make a plan for when a disaster strikes and know which types of disasters could affect your area.
- Build a kit with basic survival items necessary during an emergency and keep them at home, at work and in your car. It is recommended that you include face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes in your emergency supply kit to address the current COVID-19 environment.
- Prepare for disasters by practicing drills, walking through procedures and even taking time to prepare a quarantine space in your home with a two-week supply of groceries.
- Teach youth how to prepare for disasters and get them involved in disaster planning. Ready Kids website has a variety of tools and information that can be incorporated into lesson planning for educators statewide.
For more information about emergency and disaster preparedness, visit ready.illinois.gov.