August 30, 2017
September is National Preparedness Month. This month, FEMA is urging Americans to actively formulate preparedness plans -- not just for their families, but for their communities.
By now, most Americans have seen the haunting footage coming out of the Gulf Coast. Images of families trudging through contaminated flood water just to reach higher ground, begging for rescue on social media, people carrying their dogs through waist high water and children being airlifted off of roofs. Hurricane Harvey was a "500-year storm" and certainly is not the norm when it comes to severe weather, but those stuck behind in Houston and elsewhere along the Texas Gulf Coast serve as a grim reminder that an emergency preparedness plan is something that every family should have.