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September is good time to be prepared

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No one wants to think about the unthinkable, but that is exactly what National Preparedness Month ( is encouraging us to do.  The idea is to be prepared for the “worst case scenario.”

Since 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed in September here in the United States. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whose goal is to encourage us to take steps to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses, schools, and communities.

September was chosen as National Preparedness Month, because of the past tragedies of September 11, 2001, and also because September is the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. These occurrences have made us aware of the need to be forward thinking about what it takes to be best prepared when or if disaster strikes.

Within our county library system, we have several available resources to educate us along these lines.

There are print resources such as Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster before It’s Too Late by Scott Williams or The Family Preparedness Buyers Guide. There is also Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios, or, the DVD, How Do I?

No one relishes delving into the uncomfortable, but being ready for things which may go horribly wrong at some point is, in the end, always the better place to be.

Simple steps such as fire drills with the children, educating family members as to where flashlights are located, where to go during a weather emergency and how to summon emergency personnel are actually necessities.

If you need help in finding further resources, please be aware that has materials available on their website, which include webinars.