September is National Preparedness Month. All this month, the Office of Public Health Preparedness will be spotlighting simple steps and tips to help you and your loved ones prepare in the event of an emergency. The new “Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.” campaign encourages the whole community to work together to be more prepared. You can start doing your part to build a more resilient Boston by sharing this important information on Facebook and Twitter and taking the Pledge to Prepare.

This week, we are focusing on the Get Ready part of the campaign by highlighting ways to prepare for an emergency that may prevent you from accessing critical services, such as electricity and water, for several days. The four steps to Get Ready are: Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. Below is more information on the third and fourth steps, Build a Kit and Get Involved. To learn more about National Preparedness Month and the “Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.” campaign, visit our previous blog post.

Being prepared for an emergency of any size and type is important to the safety and health of you, your family, and your community.  Preparing means having the necessary tools to access correct, official information prior to, during, and after emergencies.  The following are three easy steps for you to think about when getting ready.

Types of EmergenciesSnowstorm

The City of Boston is rich in history, full of breathtaking views, and contains exciting places to visit for both tourists and residents.  However, living in the Northeast United States also presents many challenges that can lead to emergencies.  At any given time, you need to know what types of emergencies have, and can, occur in Boston.  Each type of emergency presents a unique set of challenges to consider when preparing yourself and your loved ones for emergencies.  When planning and preparing, consider severe winter weather like snow storms as well as house fires, hurricanes, heat emergencies, and transportation accidents.  What other types of emergencies should Bostonians consider when preparing? Leave your tips in the comments section below.

Effects of Emergencies

Emergencies of any scale, from house fires to snowstorms, can have a number of effects on you, your family, and your community.  Learn how some of the major types of emergencies might affect you.  While some emergencies might lead to injuries, others might cause property damage.  In many cases, fear or stress may arise out of an emergency, which may go unnoticed for an extended amount of time.  If you need more information on how to prepare for the potential effects of an emergency, click here.

Reliable Sources of Information

The last step you can take to Get Ready is about information.  You should have a battery-operated radio, cell phone charger, and contact list in your emergency kit.   This will allow you to get reliable sources of information that you and your loved ones can access before, during, and after an emergency.  One of the best places to receive information about events as they happen is through ALERTBoston.  You can also access relevant information by calling the Mayor’s 24-hour Constituent Services Hotline at 617-635-4500 or, if it is a health-related matter, the Mayor’s Health line at 617-534-5050.  For information on how to properly prepare for any type of emergency, visit www.readysafehealthy.org.

Learn More – Attend a Hurricane Class!

Interested in learning more about how you can prepare for hurricanes?  Join the DelValle Institute for EmergHurricaneency Preparedness on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00-8:00PM for Hurricanes: The Public Health and Medical Services Response.  With the Atlantic hurricane season peaking in late August through September, this timely two-part lecture will focus specifically on responses following large hurricanes.  This course will also provide continuing education credits for nurses and MA OEMS EMT/Paramedics.  For more information about this course, please click here.

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