Preparedness Month Theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How

Preparedness Month Theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How

Disasters can happen any time, and the Federal Emergency Management Administration sets aside September every year to remind people to always be prepared.

Loudoun County is joining those National Preparedness Month efforts by emphasizing his year’s theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

This year, emergency management professionals are drawing particular attention to the threat of flooding, the most common natural disaster in the United States.

“We want people to take steps to be ‘flood smart,’” Loudoun County Coordinator of Emergency Management Kevin Johnson said. “Never walk or drive through flooded areas; make home improvements, such as waterproofing a basement, to reduce the risk of flood damage; and purchase flood insurance for financial protection for the cost of repairs due to flood damage. Most standard insurance policies do not cover flooding, but flood insurance is available for homeowners, renters, and business owners through the National Flood Insurance Program.”

Other steps to take to be prepared for a weather-related emergency or other disaster that may affect Loudoun include:

Be Informed

  •  Sign up for Alert Loudoun to get emergency information, weather alerts and other Loudoun County news and information.
  • Follow Loudoun County Government on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Get a NOAA weather radio; monitor local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Make a Plan

  • Use online resources to put together a plan for your family and talk about what you will do in different situations; your plan should include contact information, evacuation routes and meeting locations.
  • Include pets and livestock in your emergency plans.

Build a Kit — Your kit should include:

  • First aid supplies
  • Food and water, including formula if there are infants in the family
  • Pet food
  • Batteries
  • Cell phone chargers

Throughout National Preparedness Month, follow Loudoun County Government on Facebook and Twitter for tips on preparing yourself and your family for all types of hazards.

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Joseph Dill