Every year, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. With cooperation from the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health Offices, and the Regional Chronic Disease Coalition, members of the Office of Health Services, Public Health Preparedness Division will be going out into the community several times in September to promote emergency preparedness to Middlesex County residents.
Topics presented to residents will feature what to include in a home emergency prep kit, pet emergency kits, fire safety, poison prevention, and chemical safety. Each person that registers at the table will be entered to win a deluxe starter home emergency preparedness kit, and go home with a small tote bag full of information, hand sanitizer, and writing utensils. The deluxe basket includes essential items to create an emergency readiness kit such as insulated bags, a flashlight, alcohol swabs, water and much more.
Additionally, the Office of Health Services team has partnered with municipal libraries around the county for the month of September. Display boards will be featured in rotating municipal libraries through September and will highlight critical emergency preparedness information as well as offer library attendees the opprtunity to register to win the deluxe starter home emergency preparedness kit. All Middlesex County residents aged 18 and over with a valid email address can also enter to win the kit by clicking here.
To create your own home-readiness kit, and learn of other basic measures you can take to prepare yourself and loved ones, download our printer-friendly document from Ready.gov. The helpful sheets highlight the basic steps for preparing:
- Get a Kit
- Make a Plan
- Be Informed
- Get Involved
Click HERE for the document in English Click HERE for the document in Spanish
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family emergency plan, are the same for both a natural or manmade emergency. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected, and be able to devote more of your attention to what always matters most - the safety of you and your loved ones.