September is National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month. This is an opportunity for everyone to become engaged in emergency preparedness on an individual, family, neighborhood and community level. National Preparedness Month was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign to increase the public’s engagement in preparing for emergencies and to educate them on how to take steps toward becoming prepared.

Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every citizen of the City of Yonkers. We have to work together, as a team, to ensure that our families, neighborhoods and communities are ready. Everyone needs to be encouraged to put together an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, work with their neighbors and join in local efforts to become a community preparedness partner.

A home basic kit should include the following:

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

** In light of Hurricane Harvey, the city of Yonkers held a pet supplies donation event **