National Preparedness Month is September.

NPM9 Event Analysis

What are you planning for?  Often times we think planning is the same as doing, and when it comes to preparedness many folks tend to only focus on one area or Pillar of Preparedness without even realizing there are other areas that need attention.

The Event Analysis Worksheet  (download) is designed to help you work through the various read more

NPM6 No Way Out

window-ladder-252x300If you live in a multi-level residence or an upper level apartment, you have no doubt spent some time mapping out your family’s fire escape plan.  Often the easiest way out of a midnight fire is through the bedroom window.  Fire escape ladders are usually a safer bet than jumping.  I have a good friend who experienced an apartment complex … read more

National Preparedness Month – 2015


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Launched in 2004, NPM is FEMA’s* national annual preparedness outreach. NPM is managed and sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign. The Ready Campaign, in conjunction with the Ad Council, aims to educate and empower Americans during NPM and throughout the year to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters … read more

NPM5 Home Maintenance and Repair Planning

Spring and autumn are the best times of year. The weather is cool and breezy, the flowers are blooming or the leaves are falling… It’s also the time to give your house a checkup …

gutter_cleaningOUTSIDE THE HOME:

1. Roof: Check roof and around vents, chimneys, skylights and eaves for leaks.

2. Gutters: Clean gutters and drain pipes so … read more

NPM3 Generator Safety

When faced with a power outage, or when using a generator for remote power, be sure to stay safe.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers the following cautions on the use of gas-powered generators and other tools:

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Yoder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Shock and Electrocution

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NPM2 How Firm is Your Foundation?

It doesn’t matter whether you are Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Atheist, Muslim, LDS, Pastafarian, or something else… your beliefs are very important to you.  They color and guide every aspect of your life despite the level of importance that you may ascribe to them now.

In an unexpected, or unplanned situation most folks will turn immediately to their core values and … read more

NPM1 Where is your ICE? 1

ICE stands for In Case of Emergency.  Most new mobile phones have this contact title pre-programmed so please fill in the appropriate number for your emergency contact, and if you don’t have this contact programmed in your phone, you should create one! Do it today.  Emergency personnel look for the ICE contact in phones as a matter of routine.

As … read more