September is National Preparedness Month – Prepare
If this month has taught us anything it’s that natural disasters can strike at anytime. With Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and the West Coast wildfires, it seems the country is falling apart and we as a city have to be prepared for emergencies in case tragedy strikes us here at home in Chicago.
While we may (fingers crossed) never experience a hurricane, there are plenty of potential crises that we could endure and need to prepare for. Making an emergency evacuation plan and putting together a kit of emergency supplies is perhaps the simplest way to prepare for an emergency. The Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC) recommends filling this supply kit with things like medical, financial and emergency pet needs, according to a press release.
For National Preparedness Month Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) is launching their #PrepareChicago campaign. This campaign will help Chicagoans learn how to prepare for emergency situations and will be advertised on the CTA and Metra transit systems, billboards, newspapers and social-media ads.
Chicago Red Cross is partnering with organizations to install 2,000 potentially lifesaving smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods. So get prepared Chicago!