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September is National Preparedness Month!

Today is September 1st, which marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this month “serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.”

According to the website, the full month will be broken up into four weeks, each with a different focus on preparedness. Here is how it breaks down:

Week 1: September 4th – 10th | Preparing Family & Friends

It is recommended that you use this week to:

  • Make a family emergency communication plan that includes what to do if your family is split up.

  • Prepare for the unique needs of your family, friends, and neighbors.

  • Write important numbers down on a piece of paper and stick it in your wallet, in case you don't have access to your mobile phone.

Week 2: September 11th – 17th | Preparing Through Service

This week is focused on understanding the importance of community preparedness. Recommended actions include:

  • Get involved with a community organization, or plan with neighbors.

  • Highlight local preparedness efforts in your community.

  • Celebrate first responders and emergency-focused organizations.

Week 3: September 18th – 24th | Individual Preparedness

During this week, you should make an effort to understand actions you can take to be prepared for an emergency. This includes:

  • Make a mental note of your individual needs, such as medications, electronic devices you may require, and pet needs.

  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency resources, shelters, and evacuation routes.

  • Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips.

Week 4: September 25th – 30th | Lead Up to National Day of Action

September 30th is National PrepareAthon! Day. Here are some ways you can get ready for it:

  • Do a preparedness activity and add it to www.ready.gov/prepare.

  • Encourage others to do the same.

  • Share images and stories of preparedness via social media. Use the hashtag #PrepareAthon.

For more information about National Preparedness Month, and what you can do to participate, visit www.ready.gov/September.

With the heart of hurricane season quickly approaching, one great way Connecticut residents can prepare is by investing in an automatic standby generator for their home. These units can automatically detect a power outage, and turn on within seconds to provide your entire home with electricity. No matter what the weather is like outside, you will never miss a beat.

If you live in Fairfield County or Litchfield County, contact Cannondale Generators for a free assessment today at (203) 762-2608.

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