While the greater Phoenix area is considered a low-risk area for natural disasters, according to national disaster databases, it is wise to be prepared for longer than expected power outages due to monsoons.
National Preparedness Month is a month dedicated to increasing the number of individuals that understand how to prepare and perform possible actions for disasters that could occur in their area.
“The theme for this month is ‘Don’t Wait, Communicate and Make Your Emergency Plan Today,’” said Tech. Sgt. Maria Brown, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron plan and operations NCO in charge. “When preparing for any natural disaster, being informed, making a plan and building an emergency supply kit are crucial to being safe.”
Personnel in the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness and Emergency Flight educate military, dependent and civilian personnel at Luke Air Force Base on how to make an emergency plan.
“Preparation is key,” Brown said. “Creating a plan that incorporates your family, community and even your pets, is a great way to stay safe and recover from any natural disaster that could affect your community.”
Brown also said part of the plan to stay safe is to build an emergency supply kit that fits the needs of each family.
“Consider the needs of your family when building an emergency supply kit,” she said. “Any type of medication that is needed by the family should go into the kit along with money, water and other necessities. To increase your knowledge, go to ready.gov for more basic items to add to your kit.”
Another element to a successful plan is being informed on what types of disasters affect the local area, as well as participating in community events to develop resilience planning.
“National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to encourage everyone to make a plan and know what to do in an emergency,” said Mark Hubler, Glendale Fire Department acting deputy chief. “It is a time for people to review their emergency supply kits and also to look for opportunities to get involved in their communities.”