WASHINGTON (NNS) -- With hurricane season underway and National Preparedness Month approaching in September, Commander, Navy Installations Command's Ready Navy Program asks Sailors and their families, "Are you ready?"
Many Sailors and families will reply that they are ready, but when asked further about the steps they and their family have taken to prepare, they quickly realize they may not be as prepared as they thought they were.
Steps such as learning the alternate evacuation routes for their area, making a family plan that everyone in the family is familiar with, and building an emergency supply kit that is centrally located and portable enough to carry if evacuated are a few things they did not account for.
Most Navy families have the best of intentions, taken some steps to prepare, and are further motivated to prepare when danger is approaching. Unfortunately, not every danger gives us advanced warning. Even if we do have advance warning, the outcome is often unpredictable.
True emergency preparedness is a diligent and constant cycle that consists of:
1. Being informed of potential hazards in your area and what to do before, during, and after that hazard,
2. Making and practicing a family plan that includes an in- and out-of- neighborhood meeting location, a designated out-of-town contact, and all family members in the planning process so that each is ready to execute that plan should the need arise,
3. Building and renewing an emergency supply kit that contains enough basic and family specific supplies for every family member to survive at least three days with no assistance and is portable if advised to relocate to a shelter or safe haven,
4. Staying informed through the emergency and after by registering personal contact information in the Navy's Wide Area Alert Network (WAAN), the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System, and downloading government emergency alert mobile apps, so that you have the most up-to-date information and will know when it is safe to return home or to work.
So we pose the question to you...Are you ready or not ready?
Go to www.ready.navy.mil to take the quiz found on the home page, and find out just how ready you and your family are. There you will also find additional information, tips, and tools to help you be better prepared year round.
Be Ready Navy!
We are. Are you?
Ready Navy is a CNIC-sponsored emergency preparedness program.
For more information on how to prepare for any disaster, visit http://www.ready.navy.mil.
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