The first day of autumn falls during National Preparedness Month and serves as a reminder to Michigan residents to take the necessary steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death if disaster strikes, and it can be as simple as following four steps:
• Find out what emergencies may impact your community;
• Develop a plan for what to do during an emergency;
• Practice and maintain your plan so everyone knows what to do; and
• Create an emergency kit with essential items, such as food, water and medications.
For simple steps to prepare, visit www.michigan.gov/prepares. The site also features information on the free Michigan Prepares mobile app, which can help your family plan for emergencies. Along with helping you create an emergency plan, the app covers basic supply checklists, Michigan-specific hazard fact sheets and links to other resources.