September is National Preparedness month and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is reminding residents to have a survival plan in place in case of a disaster.
NEMA Manager Earl Imler says when disasters like floods or blizzards strike, residents need to be prepared to look after themselves for at least 72 hours.
“We want to be there.” says Imler “We want to do everything we can as quickly as we can.” However, Imler notes “depending on the size and scope (of the disaster) it just may not be possible.”
Typical emergency kits include survival necessities like food, water and medications. In case of an evacuation scenario, Imler says you should also include money, identification and a change of clothes.
Once you devise an emergency plan, Imler says the next step is to inform everyone in the household; especially any children.
“If you give them that information,” says Imler, “they’re much better prepared for it and it will lessen their stress levels a great deal.”
Have emergency plans are all well and good, but to really consider yourself prepared, Imler says you you need to have a way of staying up-to-date in rapidly evolving events. Imler recommends residents download weather as well as social media apps to stay up-to-date in an emergency.