September is National Preparedness Month, and the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management wants to remind the community about being prepared before disaster strikes in the Tennessee Valley.

"Emergency Preparedness can help you during a disaster before First Responders arrive," an HCOEM spokesperson said. "So, it’s important to be 'aware and prepared' in order to help yourself, your family and your community."

Emergency officials said to make sure you are prepared, you can start by creating or reviewing an emergency plan. You can also create a "To Go" kit.

HCOEM said an emergency plan consists of:

  • Develop evacuating procedures for your home for a fire or severe weather
  • Create a phone list of family members to contact in the event of an emergency
  • Designate a “safe” location to meet after evacuating your home
  • Create a phone list consisting of medical providers, insurance carriers or work locations

"Make sure to practice your emergency plan with your family at least once a year," the spokesperson added.

They also created a list of items that you should put in your "To Go" kit. Those items include:

  • Water – at least a gallon per person, per day, for 3-5 days.
  • Non-perishable food items (dried fruit, peanut butter, crackers) enough for each person for 3-5 days
  • Pet supplies – Food and Water
  • Battery powered weather radio with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit – all your prescriptions
  • Cell phone
  • Additional clothing, blankets

For more information about making sure you are prepared for an emergency, visit the Hamilton Ready website.