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September 19, 2013

September marks disaster preparedness month

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can take some simple and inexpensive steps now to be more prepared, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).

A disaster or emergency — such as a winter storm, tornado or flooding — may leave households without electricity, heat, or even clean running water, and cut off from local groceries and services or even from immediate response from police, fire or rescue personnel.

September is National Preparedness Month and officials from IDHS recommend Hoosiers turn awareness into action and adopt the goal of being self-reliant for at least three days, in the event of a disaster or other type of emergency.

“Being ready for a major disaster or emergency is very important. The basics of a kit can be put together without a lot of effort or money,” said IDHS Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson.

Getting prepared doesn’t have to cost a lot of money if you incorporate some of these easy emergency preparedness tips:

• Make a Plan: Work with family and neighbors to make an emergency plan — such as where to go, how and where to meet and what to do in case of an emergency. Go to ready.gov/make-a-plan for free downloadable Family Emergency Plan templates.

• Make a Ready List: All the items in a ready-made preparedness kit may not be the right fit for all families. Each person should choose the essentials that fit the household’s needs and budget. Sample Ready Lists can be found at ready.gov/build-a-kit.

• Plan Purchases: Getting ready doesn’t have to be done in one day.

Think ahead and try to accumulate extra items, with coupons and sales. Buying supplies right before a storm can be quite expensive. Buy supplies at the end of a season when there are good deals.

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