Emergency PreparednessNational Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year.

Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters.

  • Make an emergency plan, choose a safe place to meet and establish an out-of-town contact.
  • Take a current photo of you and your pet together in case you get separated during a disaster.
  • Get to know your neighbor and invite them to be a part of your emergency plan.
  • Snap photos of important documents and save them in a secure place or online.
  • Set up group text lists so you can communicate with friends and family during emergencies.
  • Take a class in CPR and first aid. Call 513-985-1633 to register for the next session on Nov. 9.
  • Keep and update emergency supplies; remember to include cash.
  • Have back-up power sources available to charge devices in case of a power outage.
  • Snap some pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
  • Check your insurance coverage for disasters like floods, tornados, and earthquakes.
  • Sign up for alerts and warnings. Download the FEMA app to get real-time alerts, safety tips, and locate open shelters.
  • Save for a rainy day! Start and grow your emergency fund.
  • Spend within your means. Use a personal budgeting worksheet to help plan for expenses and beyond.
  • Build up your savings. Put a small amount in your account the first of every month.

Find more information on preparedness at Ready.gov.

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