Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages the public to be prepared for disasters

An emergency kit is a collection of items your household may need in the event of an emergency. It should contain enough items to supply food and water for your family for at least three days. Photo credit: Extension Disaster Education Network.

An emergency kit is a collection of items your household may need in the event of an emergency. It should contain enough items to supply food and water for your family for at least three days. Photo credit: Extension Disaster Education Network.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 4, 2014 –September marks Emergency Preparedness Month, and Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages families to be disaster-aware and take action to prepare.

“Families can prepare for natural disasters, such as tornados and hurricanes and weather-related power outages, by assembling an emergency kit to keep in their home, car, and on their person; by developing a communication plan; and by paying attention to local weather conditions and emergency alerts,” said Michael Martin, Virginia Cooperative Extension emergency response and preparedness coordinator. “A disaster can strike anyone, anywhere, and sometimes without notice. This makes it essential for families to form a safety plan.”

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