Make plans this month to be ready for emergencies

Michigan residents should prepare for emergencies and disasters by making an emergency plan with their loved ones, building an emergency preparedness kit and learning life-saving skills such as first aid and CPR during Michigan’s Preparedness Month, according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

Throughout September, the MSP/EMHSD will join federal, state and local governments, as well as private and public organizations, in supporting emergency preparedness initiatives and encouraging residents to take action to prepare. Agencies nationwide are uniting under the theme “Prepared, Not Scared” to encourage everyone to create a family emergency plan and to learn skills needed to help themselves and others until help can arrive.

“During an emergency, critical services such as electricity and water service could be impacted and response for police, fire and emergency medical services could be delayed,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “That’s why we encourage households to build an emergency preparedness kit with food, water and a first-aid kit that allows them to be self-sustaining for at least 72 hours.”

To learn more about preparing for emergencies and disasters and making an emergency preparedness plan, go to the website www.michigan.gov/miready. The site also has lists of items worth assembling for an emergency, at home and for the vehicle.