National Safety Month: Will you be ready if disaster strikes?

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer

From volcanic eruptions to active shooter situations, the news in recent weeks has been a reminder that unexpected dangers come in many forms and can be just around the corner.

Emergency preparedness – the theme of week one of National Safety Month – is also a reminder that we can all do something to be ready when disaster strikes. The National Safety Council (NSC) reminds us emergency situations can happen at any time, making it crucial that we’re prepared for the unexpected long before it happens.

The NSC has created an emergency preparedness tip sheet that outlines ways to plan for emergency situations and how to stock emergency kits for your home and car.

It’s also important to know what disasters and hazards could affect your area. Tsunami preparedness isn’t something we need to worry about in Ohio. On the other hand, flooding and tornadoes are common weather emergencies here. provides a webpage with links to inform you about what to do before, during and after a variety of emergency situations.

The first step is having an emergency plan for you and your family. Start by asking yourself these four questions.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Visit’s Make a Plan page for help with the questions above and for a comprehensive list for making an emergency preparedness plan.

Remember: disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can.

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