September is National Preparedness Month. How ready are you?


The 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington,  just around the corner. With the barbarous brutality and threats pouring out of the Middle East, some Americans are getting nervous.

Are you?

Are you prepared if a major disaster hits, natural or man-made?

What if the power grid goes down? Freight stops moving? Grocery stores aren’t re-stocking? How’s your emergency food and water stash? What about an alternate heat source? Medications? Your baby’s or grandparent’s needs? What about your pet(s)?

While we’re on the subject, are you prepared and equipped to protect yourself and your fam if the balloon goes up? Do you have a plan and practice it? Dependable allies? A method of communication? What happens if you dial 9-1-1 and no one answers? Note: Now might be a good time to join the National Rifle Association. You may also want to check out the Grays Harbor Rifle and Pistol Club in Hoquiam.

“I’ll just ride it out and see what happens” you say? Newsflash: That’s just dumb.

Don’t be dumb. The time to plan and prepare is now.

Chug on over to the Grays Harbor Emergency Management website and take a gander. Lots of good stuff here.

For example, do you have a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit? The recommended amount of water is one gallon per person, per day, for three days. Check out the recommendations for food that doesn’t require refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little to no water that’s also compact and lightweight. Also first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and supplies. Another good resource: Ready.Gov.

Tip: If you camp much, you’re halfway home on this list. Maybe more.

Mom tip (throwin’ this in for free): Hand sanitizer. Baby wipes. Just sayin’.

September is National Preparedness Month. How ready are you?




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