September is National Preparedness Month

Kenosha County Emergency Management has released the following statement regarding National Preparedness Month.

When disaster strikes you may need to take action 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 2013, 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, non-perishable 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. Families should consider these three ideas when making a plan: who to call, where to meet, and what to pack.

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 2013. 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 Ready Wisconsin website:


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