September is preparedness month
September marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Village's Emergency Preparedness officials recommend the following steps:
Prepare an emergency kit – If disaster strikes, you might not have access to food, water or electricity for some time. Be prepared with a disaster supplies kit or print the Homeland Security Emergency Supply checklist..
Make an emergency plan – Make plans with your family and friends in case you're not together during an emergency.. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet and what you'll do in different situations. Read how to develop a family disaster plan or fill out the Homeland Security Family Emergency Plan.
Be informed – Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones – for global, national and local information. Locally, you can sign up for Oak Park's emergency notification system – just click here.
Get involved – Take first aid and emergency response training, participate in community exercises and volunteer to support local first responders. For example, the Oak Park Fire Department offers CPR/AED classes – click here for a link to the schedule. Oak Park also has a volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about getting involved.