September is National Preparedness Month, which aims to increase people’s awareness and motivation to prepare for all types of disasters. Ready Strafford has committed to participate in National Preparedness Month to increase emergency preparedness throughout Strafford County by posting daily preparedness tips on the Ready Strafford Facebook page. Ready Strafford will also be participating in state wide emergency preparedness activities that encourage residents to get prepared.
Ready Strafford’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Emily Martuscello suggest residents “like” the Ready Strafford Facebook page which will be providing simple tips on how everyone can be prepared. “When I ask people why they don’t have an emergency kit most people say I don’t know where to start or it’s too expensive,” said Martuscello “Then I share with them my tricks for creating a kit for $25 and they realize it takes a small amount of effort to get prepared but has a big impact when an emergency happens.”
Everyone must play a role in emergency preparedness. There are simple steps everyone can take in order to be prepared for emergencies. Individuals and families should have a plan and the necessary supplies to stay at home for up to 72 hours. Individuals and families should also have a plan in case they need to evacuate their home on short notice, which includes having a kit with medicines, phone numbers, cash, and clothes. Lastly, individuals and families should have a way to communicate with family and friends throughout the event. Advance planning is especially important for those living with a chronic health condition or using special medical equipment.
“We’ve become accustomed, unfortunately, to emergencies in our state,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the NH Division for Public Health, “so don’t wait for the next one to get ready. Develop your plan and create your kit today.”
The Ready Strafford website is under development but once complete it will be a one-stop shop for citizens to find information about events, trainings, and resources to help them get prepared. “The website will be a hub of information.” Said Martuscello, “I want citizens to be able to see everything that has to do with emergency preparedness all in one spot.”
Start planning today for any situation. Visit www.nh.gov/readynh/ for resources and information on the most-up-date information on any current NH-based disasters.
Ready Strafford is the emergency preparedness division of the Strafford County Public Health Network. Ready Strafford’s focus is on collaborating with municipalities, health and human service agencies, schools, businesses and preparedness stakeholders to enhance emergency preparedness in Stafford County. Find Ready Strafford on Facebook and at www.Readystrafford.org