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Annually, September is designated as “National Preparedness Month,” a time set aside to devote attention to preparing yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like ours, to people like you. We’ve seen numerous weather-related events and other disasters that disrupt our normal ways of life.

Our local police, fire and emergency medical services may not always be able to reach you quickly in such an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover

This September, please prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Just follow these four steps:

Stay Informed: Information is available from federal, state, and local resources. The Beckley Department of Emergency Services distributes information in a number of ways, including the Beckley Ready Facebook page and Twitter site. Just click on them to go to the appropriate social media offering and “Like” and follow us.

Also, we provide community information through Nixle, a free communication service. Just click on it and subscribe today!

Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Work together with neighbors, colleagues, and others to build community resilience. For sample plans and related information, go to the NPM Resources section.

Build a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies - water, nonperishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and battery-powered radio on hand - for you and those in your care. Again, for a checklist for suggested items, go to the NPM Resources section.

Get Involved: There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and places of worship safer from risks and threats.

One such program is the Beckley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. The next basic training classes will be held in October, 2013, so click on the link or go to the Beckley CERT section on this site for additional information and an application.

The formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. By taking a few simple actions, you can make your community and family safer. YOU CAN BE THE HERO!