September is National Preparedness Month in Vermont, announced by Gov. Peter Shumlin, as part of a statewide effort to encourage emergency preparedness in homes, businesses and schools.
"All Vermonters can take a few simple steps -- preparing a kit, making a plan, and being informed -- to mitigate the effects of a disaster," per a statement from Shumlin’s office regarding the proclamation.
This month marks the 10th anniversary of National Preparedness Month in the United States, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Ways to prepare for emergencies during your normal routine include buying extra cans of food, reliable flashlights with extra batteries and water. For more preparedness tips download or request a copy of the VT DEMHS Family Preparedness Workbook at http://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness. Visit www.redcross.org; www.ready.gov; and www.weather.gov for more information or in case of emergency.