Prepare your family with National Preparedness Month

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- September is National Preparedness Month to remind families to create plans in case disaster strikes.

Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time to anyone. And history has shown that individuals, families and communities that have emergency plans recover quicker from disasters/emergencies than those who do not.

The Knox County Health Department suggests writing down all of your contacts and phone numbers. We rely on technology to remember everything for us and we don’t memorize phone numbers like we used to. Two: Make copies of all of your important documents; birth certificates, insurance information, medications etc. Store this information in a waterproof bag or container that can be easily grabbed in the event of an emergency.

Everyone should have an emergency preparedness kit filled with items that will assist you and your family during emergencies or disasters. Most of these items are probably already in your house. The key is putting everything in a central location so everyone knows where the supplies are kept and to have easy access to them during an emergency.

Items to consider are nonperishable foods, don’t forget a manual can opener to open those foods in case of a power outage, bottled water, flashlights, and special foods for conditions such as food allergies or diabetes. Don’t forget to include infants, children, elderly and your pets when assessing what items to include kit. The idea is that you have enough supplies to last for a minimum of 3 days.

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