This month we mark the 12th anniversary of September 11th and the 1 year anniversary of the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. How do you prepare yourself and your family for unforeseen events like these? Well National Preparedness Month is here! Its time to ask “What essentials does my family need in the event of a disaster?” I faced these issues first hand when my husband’s family was evacuated from the Jersey shore. First, when Hurricane Irene hit land in 2011, and once again, when Hurricane Sandy hit last fall. By the grace of God, my in-laws were afforded the haven of our home in Broomall, PA.

With September being National Preparedness Month, the National Association of Professional Organizers joined forces with the Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign. The goal is to engage the public and increase the overall level of emergency preparedness when unexpected events occur. Step one is to have an Emergency Survival Kit. The 10 essential items for your family’s kit should include:

  • Water (1 gallon per day for each person)
  • Prescription medication & antibiotics
  • Non-perishable food (energy bars, peanut butter, baked beans, nuts)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • First aid kit & manual
  • Tent or emergency shelter & blankets
  • Crank power radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Fit-all sink stoppers
  • Protective eyewear & breathing medical masks

For more information, please visit http://www.dhs.gov