September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) to promote family and community disaster planning throughout the year. This year’s theme is: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” and as our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, wildfires, and hurricanes, there is no better time to be involved.
Covalent Health is a leading provider of medical transportation solutions in the U.S. and has a family of regional ambulance brands that service patients across the nation. From Century Ambulance coordinating evacuations and support around hurricanes to ProTransport-1 Ambulance and PRN Ambulance often being on the frontlines for evacuations from wildfires to ATS Medical Services and Priority One EMS operating during blizzards as well as dispatching to states in need – each of our providers has their own unique challenges and always go above and beyond to provide excellent support for their patients.
According to Ready.gov, FEMA’s public service campaign, there are several ways you and your family can use this month to better prepare yourselves:
- Make a plan about how you will communicate with loved ones before, during, and after a disaster. This is especially important if you have to evacuate quickly or become separated, so having a physical list of phone numbers, addresses, and an agreed upon meeting point will help keep your family in touch.
- Build a kit of necessary supplies and provisions that would be able to sustain everyone in your home for a few days. A list of basic supplies can be found on Ready.gov’s website and is a great resource for building and maintaining your kit. Make sure to account for each person and pet’s needs such as prescribed medication or dietary restrictions.
- Know the risks in your area and check your insurance plan to make sure that you’re getting the right coverage for your situation. You can also fortify your home to better withstand storms and other hazards, but always be prepared to react quickly to a local warning or alert.
- Talk to the children in your life about what disasters they might encounter and how they can be prepared. Younger children will likely need guidance to help cope when disaster strikes and helping them learn about various disasters beforehand can help them not only be ready but keep calm. Older children and teens can act as leaders for their family’s and community’s disaster preparedness and response plans.
Disasters can happen anywhere, at any time and to anyone and sometimes without very much warning or time to react. Preparedness for the future starts today.