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Posted on: September 4, 2019

September is National Preparedness Month


National Preparedness Month is an annual reminder that natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time. Having a planned response when you’re at home, work or on the road can make all the difference in an emergency.

Many federal agencies, like FEMA, or the National Weather Service, are valuable resources for emergency preparedness. State and local agencies, like the Department of Emergency Management, also have valuable information regarding risks around Broken Arrow. 

When you face an emergency, stay informed through radio, TV or the Internet. In some cases, service disruption may make communication nearly impossible. 

The National Safety Council recommends the following general precautions that apply to many disaster situations: 

  • Have a family communication plan. Review and practice it regularly;
  • Write down or memorize all important phone numbers;
  • Have an emergency kit in your car and at least three days of food, water and other vital supplies at home;
  • Store important documents, like birth certificates or insurance policies, in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box; 
  • Learn first aid and CPR; and
  • Know how to shut off utilities.

For more tips on preparing for a variety of disasters, visit

Another great resource is the FEMA app, available on both Apple and Android devices. Learn more at

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