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September is National Preparedness Month

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community. Visit ready.nj.gov today to get started!

It’s still Hurricane Season! Download our FREE NJ Hurricane Survival Guide to get these and other great tips at http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/hurricanes.html today! Share with your family, friends, neighbors, and community leaders.

Got pets!? Remember to include them in your hurricane plans. Visit animalemergency.nj.gov to find out more!

If you, a family member or a neighbor have special needs, be sure to visit Register Ready, New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disaster Planning, to get started on making your emergency plan today www.registerready.nj.gov

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