Crow Wing County encourages emergency preparedness
September is National Preparedness Month. This year's theme is "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How." The nationwide monthlong effort encourages households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.
"Often, friends and neighbors will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive. It's important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community," Crow Wing County Emergency Management Director John Bowen said in a news release.
"Take time to learn life-saving skills such as CPR and first aid. Also know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. Don't wait until an emergency happens to put a plan into action. Create one today and put your family's mind at ease."
Most emergencies happen without warning. In a real emergency, it may be easy to be overwhelmed or confused, so it is important to practice an emergency plan, which can be created by going online to www.fema.gov and www.ready.gov.
Build an emergency kit and make sure it has enough supplies for at least three days. Review and replace the contents of an emergency kit every six months. Be sure to check expiration dates on food, water, batteries and medications.
The county urges residents to text, not talk—unless in danger, then call 911. Texts may have an easier time getting through than phone calls, which can tie up phone lines needed by emergency workers.
To sign up for preparedness text messages, text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to receive tips.