National Preparedness Month: Plan to help your neighbors and community
September is National Preparedness Month. This year, the theme is: “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Argonne’s Office of Emergency Management encourages all individuals to plan for emergencies and disasters.
Tips on how to be prepared:
- Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive. Each year, more and more people are gaining the skills necessary to prepare for and respond to disasters or emergencies through various training programs, classes or modules. Get engaged, get prepared and be ready today for what may happen tomorrow. Only by making certain that we as individuals are prepared for a disaster, will we be able to ensure the safety of our families and assist our communities.
- Take Until Help Arrives training. Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast. Emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. You may be the help until help arrives.
- Check on your neighbors, especially during severe events. (e.g., excessive heat or cold, tornadoes, floods or utility failures)
- Learn about utility safety by visiting your power and natural gas company websites.