September is National Preparedness Month. The Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Americans to be prepared in case of disaster. Are you ready? Here are some tips to help you get ready:

Prepare an emergency kit containing:
•Water—one gallon per person per day
•Food—at least a three day supply of non-perishable food and a can opener
•A battery powered or hand crank radio
•Flashlight and extra batteries
•First aid kit
•A whistle to signal for help
•Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic and duct tape to create a safe shelter
•Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
•Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
•Local maps
•Prescription medications and glasses
•Supplies for babies and animals
•Important family documents
•Cash or traveler’s checks

Make a plan:
•Decide on an out of town contact to call since long distance calls may be easier to make.
•Provide each family member with the number and a prepaid phone card or coins.
•Decide on a place to meet in case you are separated when the event occurs.

A little advanced planning can help you survive any disaster that could come and you will have a peace of mind knowing you are prepared.

Author's Bio: 

Cathy Bates is owner of Practical Solutions, a professional organizing company that provides organizing services for your home or office in Southern California If you need to find an organizer, contact them. They can find you a qualified organizer no matter where you live. or call (909)810-3719.