September is National Preparedness Month and the Warrick County Sheriff's Office has shared some tips on how you can be ready for an emergency.

September was named National Preparedness Month after the events that unfolded on September 11, 2011 - a day that many American's will never forget. While the events of that day are something no one could have prepared for, there are many situations that you can take steps to be ready, just in case. According to the Warrick County Sheriff's Office, the theme for 2021's National Preparedness Month is, “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

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No one wants to be caught in an emergency situation but it seems they are inevitable. Here in the Tri-state there are a number of emergency situations and natural disasters that we could experience and be prepared for including fires, tornadoes, flooding, and even earthquakes. The Warrick County Sheriff's Office says,

The first key to disaster response is being aware of what emergencies you might face, be it fire, flood, tornado, or other emergencies.

When faced with an emergency, you should always dial 911. However, in a widespread community emergency, police and first responders may not be able to reach you quickly.
That’s why it’s crucial to plan now for how you will respond. It’s advised families make a plan to survive three days without electricity, water service or access to a store.

So how do you plan and prepare for an emergency? Warrick County Sheriff's Office recommends visiting Ready.gov. The site offers a number of helpful tips about how to prepare for several emergency situations and natural disaster scenarios. There is also information available about how you can build your own Emergency Preparedness Kit to keep on hand at home and how to create an emergency plan for you and your family, including your pets.

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