National Preparedness Month: Get Prepared

National Preparedness Month, sponsored by Ready America, has been underway since September 1 aiming to help households and communities evaluate how prepared they are to handle a disaster. Although disasters can be chaotic, having an organized home can reduce the amount of anxiety and stress you confront. Ready America recommends getting a kit, making a plan and being informed, which all encourage organization.National Preparedness Month

To help you prepare we are sharing the basic items you need in an emergency kit:

  • Water, one gallon per person
  • Food, three-day supply of non-perishables
  • Bedding and clothing
  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Can opener for canned goods
  • Local maps
  • Extra cell phone batteries or a solar charger

To receive alerts from local governments around the D.C. area visit

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