Posted by: RJ the Fire Dog Blogger | September 6, 2009

How to Celebrate Disaster Preparedness Month

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Well, folks, it’s September already! I can’t believe that Disaster Preparedness Month is already upon us.

Although I always try to do my job to protect everyone, it’s nice that there is a special month dedicated specifically to addressing the importance of being prepared. We firemen can only do so much, which is why it’s good to be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.

As a dog, a father, and a firefighter, I believe there is no such thing as being too prepared. That’s why I have made the following provisions for my wife and young pup, JR:

  • It’s always important to keep plenty of dry, non-perishable food on hand (like kibble).
  • Although my family and I are able to take our fur coats with us wherever we go, you may want to consider packing a bag full of warm clothing. Don’t worry about how stylish they are. But all of the articles you pack should fit you. (Don’t forget to include jackets, shoes, socks, a hat, and a cozy blanket.)
  • It’s very important to remember to keep plenty of water on hand, and to drink a lot of it during an emergency, so you stay hydrated.
  • A First Aid kit is also an important addition to any emergency preparedness packet. Some kits are pre-assembled. If you choose to create your own, make sure you include lots of bandages, scissors, tape, hydrogen peroxide, over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin, and an antibiotic ointment.
  • Don’t forget about flashlights and extra batteries. If an emergency strikes at night, you may lose electricity and gas. And you wouldn’t want to have to stumble around in the dark.
  • Call your doctor and/or veterinarian to get an extra prescription for any necessary medications. Have them filled. And check the expiration dates, periodically.

The best time to assemble and/or recheck and restock your emergency preparedness kit is every September, during Disaster Preparedness Month. It’s the best way for you to do your part in, well, preparing for disaster. For more tips, especially, access to the best e-based fire life safety training available, visit RJWestmore, Inc.

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