September is National Preparedness Month. This is an opportunity to prepare for disasters and emergencies that can happen at any time.

FEMA’s theme this year is “Take Control in 1, 2, 3.” According to, this year’s campaign will focus on older adults, especially those that are disproportionately affected by all-health hazards.

What can you do to prepare for a disaster? Build a disaster supplies kit and include:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and backup battery

Visit Build A Kit | to review other items that may be necessary based on your personal needs.

There are also low cost and no cost precautions that can be taken as well. Find these tips at Low and No Cost Preparedness |

Older Adults | has a slew of information about how to prepare for an emergency.

For more information about local emergency management, visit Department of Emergency Services – Cambria County, PA ( and Somerset County Government – Somerset, PA.

Remember, it’s always a good time to prepare for the unexpected.


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