September is National Preparedness Month

Omaha, NE – September is National Preparedness Month.

During September, the federal government and organizations such as the American Red Cross are sharing tips to prepare for both natural and man-made disasters. The month focuses on three components of safety: making a plan, putting together an emergency kit, and being informed.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says the state ranks fifth in the nation when it comes to the number of tornadoes. Six winter storms hit eastern Nebraska in late 2009 and early 2010, according to the National Weather Service.

Red Cross Heartland Chapter spokeswoman Danelle Schlegelmilch says emergency kits should include a gallon of water per day for each person in the house and a three-day supply of food. Flashlights, batteries, a weather radio, and any prescription medications a member of the household takes should also be part of the kit. Kits should also be prepared for pets.

Schlegelmilch says blood donation is critical during disasters. You can learn more about National Preparedness Month and emergency kits at