Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Helpful Emergency Preparedness Resources

Dana Halvorson and Erin Prendergast

This month marks, among other observances, National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.  This month the focus will be on planning, with an overarching theme: “Prepared, Not Scared.”  Take this time to review your facility and community-based risk assessment/hazard vulnerability.  AHCA/NCAL has an emergency preparedness website with helpful information and resources you might be interested in.

In general, having an emergency kit that includes food, water, and at least a week of medications is a smart idea.  Include this card, completed with your vital medical information, and if you have a communication-related disability, this card can help first-responders assist you in the way that is best for you.  Include a flashlight and extra batteries, and first aid supplies.  Ready.gov has an emergency kit checklist that is helpful.  Here is a checklist specific for kids.  If you have any questions around emergency preparedness, please contact Erin Prendergast (SNF Providers) or Dana Halvorson (ICF/IID Providers).

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