Muskingum County EMA on National Preparedness Month


ZANESVILLE, OH – September is national preparedness month.

The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency is encouraging everyone to get out and start making plans if there is a disaster.

The EMA’s theme for this year’s preparedness month is, “Take Control, 1,2,3.” and the EMA is advising people to make a plan, make preparedness kits, and establish a support network.

Deputy Director of the Muskingum County EMA Travis Roach, said that it’s important to tell people you trust with your plans if there is a weather warning or emergency.

“It could be your friends, neighbors, your family,” Roach said. “Someone you can rely on, to help you in a time of disaster.”

Roach recommends making a preparedness kit that includes prescription medication and a way to keep it cold if needed, extra oxygen, first aid kit, clothes, blankets, water, and food.

Roach also recommends if you have already made a preparedness kit, to double check it every couple of months to make sure nothing has expired in the kit.

A way to be prepared in your home is to make an exit plan if your home becomes damaged.

Also, regularly check and change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

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