The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has issued the following statement regarding September National Preparedness Month:
Are you ready to be a hero? When disaster strikes you may need to take action and become a hero to help protect your family, your friends and your community. That’s what September’s National Preparedness Month is all about. Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, from severe weather like the tornadoes that swept across northeastern Wisconsin in early August, to winter storms to chemical spills and other man-caused emergencies. This September, please prepare in the event your family must go for a few days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or pharmacy, or other local services. Just follow these three steps: GET A KIT — Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and your family – water, nonperishable food, first aid kit, prescriptions, flashlight, and a battery-powered radio. If you own pets, remember to include their food and supplies. MAKE A PLAN — Discuss and develop an emergency plan with your family. BE INFORMED — Knowing the dangers and making good decisions can save your life. Did you know that you can now receive life-saving alerts on your cell phone? More than 3,500 Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) have been issued since 2012. Some of those alerts were issued in Wisconsin for tornadoes and winter weather emergencies. For more information on WEA and how to prepare for disasters, please visit the ReadyWisconsin website: readywisconsin.wi.gov Be a hero and get ready for emergencies!