The National Homeland Security Department reminds us that September is National Preparedness Month. This yearly observation is timed with hurricane season, but serves as a reminder to all of us that lack of planning can have serious ramifications.
If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, be forewarned. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that 2013 will be an above normal hurricane season. Although September 10 is the peak date for hurricanes, Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012.
Wildfires, flooding and drought happen every year in the US, but so do power outages. People with bleeding disorders and their families are encouraged to have a plan in place, which they have rehearsed before a disaster strikes. They should have a “go-bag” filled with medical supplies, insurance and doctor information, phone numbers for relatives and neighbors, and other items such as water, nonperishable food, blankets, a storm radio, battery-operated cell phone charger and flashlights.
For more information on how you can prepare for an emergency or disaster, visit the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Steps for Living website. Also visit the US Department of Homeland Security website: www.dhs.gov.