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PREPAREDNESS FOR THE NEW YEAR
As we say farewell to last year and welcome in a new year, many of us think about change. What changes will we plan to make with the coming of the new year? Consider a plan to be better prepared for emergencies. By taking small and simple steps each month, you can be ready before an emergency happens. Your level of preparedness can also impact how quickly you recover should an emergency occur.
According to Ready.gov, preparing makes sense. Start by knowing the risk where you live. Here in the Spokane area, the top three risks are: cold waves, ice storms, and wildfires (FEMA’s National Risk Index). Next, make a plan. Choose a safe place to meet, learn evacuation routes, and establish an out-of-town contact. And third, take action! That may mean getting supplies together and building a kit. It can mean making your home winter weather ready. It can also mean making your home and yard wildfire ready.
Starting a plan as the new year enters is a great way to help yourself and your loved ones stay safer. Remember to make a plan that includes your pets. Create a support network of people who can help you in a disaster. And make a plan to check-in with neighbors to see how you can help each other out.
We hope you stay healthy and safe this winter season. Wishing you all a happy new year!
- Julie Happy