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Are you ready if a disaster happens?

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The Shelby County Office of Preparedness has a question for you: “What if… without warning, Shelby County experienced a catastrophic earthquake, a major flood, extreme terrorism, a hazardous materials accident, or a severe thunderstorm? What if you didn’t know what to do? What if you get separated from your family?”

“If you have a plan – knowing who to call, where to meet, and what to pack – the odds your family will survive are substantially increased,” Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director Dale Lane said.

Lane is asking that you follow the 2016 theme for this September's National Preparedness Month, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today!”

He says writing down your emergency plans will help you remember them and carry them out.

If you can't write it out, FEMA has free emergency plan templates for parents, kids, businesses, and transit commuters. Click here or here.

Lane says there are three steps to creating our plan:

1. COLLECT information. Include emergency contacts, an out-of-town contact, a neighborhood meeting place, and a household inventory with photos. Don’t forget financial, medical, work, pet, school, and service provider information. Create a group emergency contact list for your mobile phones.

2. SHARE information with your family. Save the information for updates. Share mobile emergency apps with family. Make sure everyone knows how to text.

3. PRACTICE your plans! Have regular household meetings to review and practice your plans.

Here's how the month of preparedness breaks down:

Week 1: August 28 – September 3: National Preparedness Month kickoff
Week 2: September 4 – 10: Preparing Family and Friends
Week 3: September 11 – 17: Preparing Through Service
Week 4: September 18 – 24: Individual Preparedness
Week 5: September 25 – 30: Lead up to National PrepareAthon Day!

Here are more resources o keep your family safe:

Also, follow the conversation at #NatlPrep and view the “Don’t Wait” PSA by clicking here.

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