Sept. marks National Preparedness Month

By Joe Irizarry 4:58pm, August 29, 2014 - Updated 4:58pm, August 29, 2014
September is National Preparedness Month so state, local and federal officials are reminding you to take action and be ready if a serious storm hits the region.

WDEL's Joe Irizarry has more.

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The Ready Campaign has established four building blocks of emergency preparedness. Two of those building blocks are "Be Informed" and know what might be on its way and "Get Involved" to help the community prepare.

FEMA Region III Administrator MaryAnn Tierney explains the other two building blocks which are making a plan and building a kit.

"Have a communications plan for how they'll get in touch with their family members during an emergency, and also have a reunification plan for how they're going to meet up, if they're in separate locations after an emergency. Also, people can put supplies together to build a kit, have a kit that you can grab when you have to evacuate, but also have supplies in your home in case you have to shelter in place," said Tierney.

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When building a kit, you should have bottles of water, non-perishable food, a manual can opener, copies of important documents and identification, as well as flashlights and batteries.

A battery-powered radio is also ideal, so you can keep track of the news just in case power is lost.

Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joe Thomas says even though the hurricane season is mild, all it takes is one storm to do lots of damage.

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