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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September is National Preparedness Month

Granny White Pike at Belle Rive and McGavock, May 2010.

Brentwood Fire and Rescue would like to remind you that September is National Preparedness Month. Take a little time this month to ensure that you and your family are prepared in the event of an emergency. In the event of a major catastrophe, such as the May 2010 flooding, a tornado or even a water main break, the number of requests for help may exceed the capacity of the department to respond. In the case of more calls than responders, priority is given to those in the greatest danger. 

Concord Pass at Concord Crossing, May 2010

While every effort will be made to respond to everyone in need, you may find yourself in a position of needing to fend for yourself until help arrives. One of the best things you can do to help first responders is to prepare yourself and your family before an emergency arises.

Harpeth River Drive, May 2010

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests a four pronged approach:

Be Prepared: Know what to do before, during and after an emergency.

Make a Plan: Prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies.

Build a Kit: Build a kit for disasters to be prepared.

Get Involved: Find opportunities to support community preparedness.

More information about each of these steps can be found at .

A great way to get started is to begin preparing your disaster readiness kit. FEMA has created a handy checklist to help you identify the basics a good kit will include.

After gathering your supplies, be sure to visit to start your preparedness plan. If you wait until disaster strikes, it may be too late.