September is National Preparedness Month – Make a Plan for Your Family to Be Prepared!

Do you have a plan for your family to help keep everyone safe in the event of a major storm, fire or flood?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants all families to have a plan for such situations, so each year, the month of September is recognized as National Preparedness Month across the U.S.

If you wish to learn more about having a preparedness plan, but you’re not sure where to start, the New Brunswick Free Public Library and the New Brunswick Fire Department Division of Fire Safety can help.

Visit the lobby of the library through September 16 to view a display with information for families to utilize to prepare for emergency situations, including guidelines on how to create emergency supply lists for family members and pets, how to create a communication plan and preparedness guidelines for people with disabilities.  This information is presented by the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health, Office of Health Services.

The New Brunswick Fire Department’s Fire Safety Division offers many safety resources available for prevention and preparedness, including these National Fire Prevention Association supply kit checklists in English and Spanish.

The checklists contain many essential items to have on hand in the event of an emergency or an evacuation, such as warm clothes, bottled water, batteries, medication and canned food.

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