This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is “A Lasting Legacy.” The life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for Disasters to Create a Lasting Legacy for You and Your Family. Be sure to follow OP&R all month long on Facebook and Twitter for tips on how to keep your family prepared for for any disaster or emergency that could happen at any time. In the meantime, here are some important tips and resources to help you and your loved ones stay ready all year long.
Be Informed. The first step of preparedness is to be informed. There is no time like the present to learn what to expect and how to respond in emergency situations. The OP&R website offers fact sheets in nine languages to provide information on preparedness topics ranging from making a family emergency communication plan to preventing injuries after a storm or flood. Follow OP&R on social media and sign up for MdReady or MdListo (en español) text alerts for critical updates and information.
Make a Plan. Knowing how to evacuate your home and determining where to meet if your family becomes separated are crucial things to know in an emergency situation. Making a plan can prevent confusion and save valuable time. Steps like writing and posting emergency phone numbers on your refrigerator, asking a friend or relative to be your out-of-town contact, choosing a shelter-in-place location inside your home, and talking to your child’s school about family reunification plans are all recommended to ensure your family, coworkers, neighbors, and friends know your disaster plan. Website: MDDeptofHealth