September is National Preparedness Month.
Emergency preparations should be made all year long, but every September we are reminded of this. Emergencies can happen whenever and wherever. They are unexpected. They can be large scale or smaller local events. Emergency preparations are especially important for children, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas, Nevada know seniors should keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals, and any other items they might need. Not only do preparations for yourself have to be made but also those in your care as well. National Preparedness Month aims to educate the people to allow them to prepare and respond to an emergency situation. The most help you can be to your local responders is being able to help yourself and those in your care. The more people prepared the quicker the recovery. Understand the potential risks where you live. Prepare a disaster kit with at least 3 days of food and water for each individual. You are not helpless. Make sure that you can go for at least three days without electricity, water, access to a grocery store, and other local services. Discuss a family emergency plan with your family. Everyone should have an NOAA Weather Radio.