September is National Preparedness Month and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and local emergency managers across the state are urging Nebraskans to plan for potential disasters. Assistant Director Bryan Tuma says communities and individuals need to be prepared to take of themselves for at least 72 hours after any disaster.
Tuma says, “Typically that is what we call the response phase when people are at risk, either their lives or their property. We try to respond to the most immediate issue in those 72 hours. Then we start thinking about recovery issues – how do we get people back online and restore some normalcy back into their lives and infrastructure.”
NEMA reminds Nebraskans that local officials and relief workers may not be able to help everyone immediately after a disaster so it is recommended that all Nebraskans have an emergency plan in place. The plan should include where everyone meets if a home is destroyed by a disaster. It includes putting together an emergency kit that is stored where you can find it easily and move it quickly.
The kit should include a batter powered or crank radio, extra batteries, a flashlight, first aid kit, sanitary wipes, disinfectants and medication, matches or a lighter and enough food and water for three days. Include extra food and water for pets.
NEMA will be providing tips and information on emergency preparedness throughout the month.