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September is Emergency Preparedness Month

Russell Co. Emergency ManagementThroughout September all across the country, emergency management agencies observe the month as Emergency Preparedness Month to highlight the need for everyone to be prepared for natural and man-made disasters of all kinds.

Russell County Emergency Manager Keith Haberer says the theme of this years Emergency Preparedness Month is "Pledge to Prepare" for disasters by building an emergency kit for your home and putting together a disaster plan.

"The kids in school prepare by having a fire drill, every year they have to do their fire drills," Haberer said. "That's their plan of getting out of the school when there's a fire and they have a plan when there's severe weather. Do the same thing at your house. Make sure you have a plan for getting out of the house, where you're going to meet up, or where you're going to take shelter if you need to take shelter away from your home."

Home emergency kits should include a gallon of water for every person per day, nonperishable foods, flashlights and batteries, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, medicines, an alternate heat source, blankets and other necessities to sustain a family for a minimum of three days. 

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