2018-08-29 / Front Page

September Is National Preparedness Month

By Dan Miller
Following record breaking disasters in 2017  such as hurricanes, major flooding and wildfire outbreaks, FEMA and the Ad Council are once again raising awareness this National Preparedness Month (September 2018), by urging Americans to plan ahead for disasters.

Remember whether you live in Long Island City, Astoria, Flushing, East Elmhurst, Forest Hills. Ozone Park, Howard Beach or in the Rockaways, disasters can strike at any time and no matter where you live. In spite of these facts fewer than 50 percent of households in the great borough of Queens have created an emergency plan.

What are you waiting for. It may be too late if an emergency hits your family and you are not prepared.

Here is what FEMA and the iffice if the Queens Borough President suggest:

1-Make a family an Emergency Plan: How to prepare in advance of an emergency, what you should know and tools available to help you and your family start planning today. The process can start with a conversation with family members and even neighbors. The plan should include anticipating expenses such as insurance deductibles and evacuation costs, and planning for those costs. 

2-Practice Your Preparedness: What you can do now to prepare for and recover more quickly from a disaster. 

3-Learning and Practicing Lifesaving Skills: Train to be a citizen responder through CPR and first aid training, or learn how to be the help "Until Help Arrives." Join a local Community Emergency Response Team to learn basic disaster response skills. 

4-Additional Resources: 2018 National Preparedness Month videos and tips are available at Ready.gov FacebookReady.gov Twitter,  www.ready.gov/september.

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