September 24, 2021
September is National Preparedness Month. The goal is to educate the country about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
2021's theme is "Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love."
Each week has a designated theme.
Week One begins September 1 and runs through the 4th. This week's theme is "Make a Plan."
According to ready.gov, this week is all about talking to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. The government is encouraging people to update their plan based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. This comes amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With the help of Midland Radio's Meteorologist, Bruce Jones, we've put together a few steps for you to take as you put your plan together.
It's important you have multiple, redundant ways of receiving life-saving warnings.
NOAA Weather Radios are a great place to start. It's the official "Voice of the National Weather Service." There is no faster way to get official warnings directly from your local NWS office.
While it's important to make sure you have your cellphone charged and available, they aren't always reliable in an emergency. Some alerts on your phone might be delayed due to too many people on the network or physical damage to the cellphone tower.
Midland Radio's WR120 NOAA Weather Alert Radio is simple and easy to use. It will make sure you and your family are up to date with the latest alerts and information from emergency officials. The WR120 features S.A.M.E. EZ localized programming and alerts. It has the ability to alert you to over 60 kinds of weather hazards and emergencies.
Make sure this radio is part of your plan so you have time to evacuate or seek shelter.