September 10th, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security’s “READY” campaign encourages Americans to Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Preparations can be made to better respond to natural disasters and emergencies by doing three basic things: create an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and stay informed. For links and tips, check out www.ready.gov
PORT IN A STORM
Did you know that the library is a vital part of your emergency plan? Libraries are always primary sources for information and resources—but libraries can also be invaluable during times of crisis.
Unless underwater or without power, we will do our best to be open after a storm or emergency. Use your library to connect with resources, to plug in devices and escape the elements—hot or cold. Access computers and WiFi to conduct business, find a tree removal service or follow up with relatives and your insurance company.
Libraries also are a safe place for children and teens to play and explore after a storm or other disaster. And in our technological world, a good book is one of the few things that still works without batteries.
Check off these items every fall:
- Change smoke detector batteries
- Update your emergency contact information with Cecil County Public Schools—have you dropped your land lines but not provided a cell phone contact?
- Sign up for emergency calls and texts from the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services
- Create a packet with your insurance policies and other essential information that you can access quickly should you need to leave your home
Share with us – what are your best preparedness tips?