Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

September is National Preparedness Month

September is Emergency Preparedness Month and the Harford County Health Department recommends that all citizens, including those with disabilities, develop an emergency plan.  No one knows what may occur but preparing a plan to cover the basics can make all the difference in the world in an emergency.

Preparing for an emergency involves asking questions about what kind of emergencies could arise, who would be available to help, how you would get information about the emergency, how would it be possible to stay in touch with family and friends, how to shelter at home, and what would happen if an evacuation is ordered.  These questions may seem overwhelming but with the right planning tools anyone can make a plan.

Tools can be found at:

www.redcross.org/prepare

www.ready.gov

Mental Health Tools

www.samhsa.gov/find-help

suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/disaster-survivors/

Tools for Kids

www.ready.gov/kids

Pet Disaster Plan

redrover.org/node/1270

www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness

www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/pet-disaster-preparedness

Extra Resources and Printables

Emergency Contact Sheet

Emergency Supply Checklist