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National Preparedness Month 2017: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Thursday, September 07, 2017
Flooding Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

September is National Preparedness month, and with the devastating effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma fresh on our minds, preparedness is understandably a very important topic. Below are invaluable tips and links to detailed information from our friends at Ready.gov.

  • Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. Make an emergency plan today
  • Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner.
  • Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.
  • Download a group texting app so your entire crew can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.
  • Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
  • Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.National Preparedness Month 2017 Logo
  • What important docs should you have in your emergency kit? The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit explains them all.
  • Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes. 
  • Plan financially for the possibility of disaster. Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies.
  • How will you pay your bills if a disaster strikes? Find out how.
  • Knowing how to shut off utilities like gas, water, & electricity is key after a disaster.
  • Get the @fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations.
  • Beware of frauds & scams when seeking disaster assistance. Federal/state workers never ask for/accept money and always carry IDs.
  • Flood-proof important documents by putting them in plastic bags to protect against water damage.
  • Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect. Plan now for floods.
  • Do you know what to do when an emergency happens? Learn the 5 key actions you can take to save a life.
  • In the wake of an emergency, it’s okay to move the injured away from ongoing danger. Learn how you can help.
  • Take a first aid & CPR class with your local Red Cross chapter.
  • Have at least a one-week supply of medications.

To learn about how TSA is preparing for Hurricane Irma and its support for Houston’s relief and recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey,  please read our announcement.

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Comments

Submitted by RB on

TSA isn't capable of doing airport screening. Certainly don't need advice on Hurricane or other precautions from the incompetents at TSA

Submitted by Sandy on

Thank you for reminding us of the things we need to do in case of an emergency. We all need a reminder once in a while.

Submitted by Max Yost on

Sandy -- I'm in the first response business. The TSA is completely irrelevant in this area. Ready.gov is a FEMA site. You can also check out Weather Ready Nation on the NOAA National Weather Service site: http://www.weather.gov/wrn/. The only thing the TSA and FEMA have in common is that they are both in the same federal department.

Submitted by RB on

Don't think it is appropriate for TSA Crotch Gropers to tell others how to prepare for Emergencies or anything else.

If you don't like the label then stop doing it.

Submitted by Johncarter on

thanks

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

Thank you for sharing this information.

I do, however, have to ask.... how is this in any way relevant to the scope of work of the TSA?

Submitted by West Cooper on

To those that are asking why TSA is involved in emergency preparedness, and disaster planning and recovery, there are several reasons.

1. TSA is a part of the Federal government communications network. We publish information regularly about things that our readers may wish to be aware of (usually through cooperation with other governmental agencies.

2. In terms of emergency preparedness, DHS is the umbrella organization that handles and coordinates responses and preparations for disaster situations. TSA is a part of that team, as such we help with disseminating information on their behalf.

3. In terms of disaster relief and response, the use of ANY informational resources to help folks in need is a good thing.

4. When natural disasters happen, TSA flexes personnel into the region for relief operations, goods distribution and in some cases, rescue operations. They also assist with emergency operations centers (food and water distribution, call centers to try and help redirect resoures where they can help the most, etc).

I believe that people would be happy that these resources are being used to actively assist in times of need. The more official resources for information that we can coordinate and offer to those in need are simply a net positive. The same goes for preparation, when we can put out information that helps folks to be better prepared for things like natural disasters or other emergencies.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by West Cooper on Mon, 2017-09-18 09:08
To those that are asking why TSA is involved in emergency preparedness, and disaster planning and recovery, there are several reasons.

1. TSA is a part of the Federal government communications network. We publish information regularly about things that our readers may wish to be aware of (usually through cooperation with other governmental agencies.

2. In terms of emergency preparedness, DHS is the umbrella organization that handles and coordinates responses and preparations for disaster situations. TSA is a part of that team, as such we help with disseminating information on their behalf.

3. In terms of disaster relief and response, the use of ANY informational resources to help folks in need is a good thing.

4. When natural disasters happen, TSA flexes personnel into the region for relief operations, goods distribution and in some cases, rescue operations. They also assist with emergency operations centers (food and water distribution, call centers to try and help redirect resoures where they can help the most, etc).

I believe that people would be happy that these resources are being used to actively assist in times of need. The more official resources for information that we can coordinate and offer to those in need are simply a net positive. The same goes for preparation, when we can put out information that helps folks to be better prepared for things like natural disasters or other emergencies.

TSA Blog Team
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