September is National Preparedness Month

Don't Wait.  Communicate.  Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

That's the theme for this year's National Preparedness Month.  Every week in September there will be a focused theme leading up to the PrepareAthon! on September 30th (http://www.community.fema.gov/).  The topics this month include: Flood, Wildfire, Hurricane, and Power Outage.  

Did you know that in a state of emergency, the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company is a designated regional emergency shelter?

In the eastern part of Albemarle County there are low lying areas that are prone to flash flooding in heavy rainstorms.  Never attempt to drive across a flooded roadway, as your car may be carried away by the strong, swift currents.  Use this week to make a family plan that can be implemented in case of flooding.  Build an emergency kit that you can take with you if you have to evacuate.  Here's a a basic emergency supply list that FEMA recommends.  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched the Ready campaign in 2003 to "educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters."

Stay safe!

http://www.ready.gov/september