"Maybe a first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, weather radio, things like that." John Silcox, Director of Communications, Allen County Health Dept.
Time is ticking away on summer.
And as the seasons change, disasters and emergencies can strike at any time.
We spoke with local safety experts today.
September is National Preparedness Month.
And right here in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, groups are working together to help you, and your family and friends, be prepared and stay safe.
It's as simple as being informed, says John Silcox of the Allen County Health Department.
He says it's important to understand the types of emergencies that can occur in our area.
As summer ends, we can see the return of severe weather- Before moving on to winter weather situations.
He says your family should have a plan ahead of time- maybe have the family practice a few times.
Also- enough food, water and supplies to last for three days’ worth of self-reliance.
"Maybe a first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, weather radio, things like that... Again, ready.gov and some of the other sites that the government has put together on preparedness give you a lot of step by step instructions on how to do that... Well I think that there are a number of organizers in the community where you could volunteer or get involved,” Silcox says.
The Salvation Army is often on the front lines to assist when disasters strike.
Major Harold Poff of the Fort Wayne center stressed the importance of emergency kits as well.
And he says they can always use extra volunteers to help during an emergency- but even that requires planning ahead.
"Preparedness is key. The days of people walking up in a disaster and being able to volunteer- those have gone by the wayside. So if folks want to get involved, they need to get in touch with us,” Poff says.
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