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Town of Gilbert urges residents to be prepared

September is National Preparedness Month.  The Town of Gilbert and FEMA are urging residents to be prepared with a few helpful tips.  Click on any picture for detailed tips.


First, it is important to be informed.  This means learning about possible hazards, threats or safety issues in and around your community.  Keep a list of emergency phone numbers and make sure it is up-to-date.  And, practice an emergency plan at home with your family.



It is also important to make a plan.  Determine how you and our family and friends will communicate during an emergency.  Pick a room in your home to use as a shelter in case authorities advise residents to stay in place.  Choose an evacuation route with alternate routes in case of an evacuation.



Residents should also get a kit.  Fill a plastic tub or container with items that will hold you and your family through a disaster. Include things like food, bottled water, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit and copies of your important documents.  Don’t forget extra necessities like medication and batteries.



It is also important to get involved.  Help your community prepare for emergencies by volunteering with organizations that respond to disaster.  Encourage your friends and family members to prepare themselves for emergency events.  Learn more at www.ready.gov or click here.


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