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Anna Schremmer, K-State Research & Extension Family Consumer Science Agent for Phillips-Rooks District #5

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 17:37
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Online challenge offered to get yourself, family better prepared

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Even though we think of severe storms in the spring in Kansas, storms occur all year long. Right now hurricanes are hitting our southern states but their affects can be felt in Kansas too. What about those winter blizzards that seem to pop up out of nowhere? Are you prepared? September is National Preparedness Month.
Whether it’s reviewing insurance coverage or putting together a grab-and-go kit, preparing for any kind of disaster will make recovery easier. And Kansans know a thing or two about disasters. Flooded basements, wild fires, tornadoes or ice storms, we have them all and much more.
To help Kansans become as prepared as possible for emergencies, K-State Research and Extension is offering the Prepare Kansas Annual Preparedness Challenge. It’s a free weekly online challenge through September that includes activities individuals and families can accomplish each week. By the end of the month, participants will be better prepared to withstand and recover from emergencies.   

Prepare Kansas aligns with National Preparedness Month, with a theme in September this year of “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”
“The weekly activities in Prepare Kansas may be even more relevant and doable for families this year since many children are learning from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said K-State family financial resource specialist and Prepare Kansas co-creator Elizabeth Kiss. “In one way or another, children can be included in many of the weekly activities, even if it’s just talking about each week’s challenge.”  

The weekly activities this year revolve around:
• Making a plan—talking with others about being prepared, updating the family communications plan and reviewing plans for shelter and/or evacuation, including pets, taking COVID-19 into account.  

• Building a kit—build a kit of basic emergency supplies plus grab-and-go backpacks for family members and pets.  

• Preparing for disasters—know the difference between watches and warnings, sign up for emergency alerts and participate in an emergency drill.  

• Talk to your kids—seek information on preparedness.  

• Get financially prepared—set aside money for an emergency, review insurance coverage, build or maintain a financial grab-and-go box, and complete a home inventory.  

 For more information about the weekly challenges, go to the Prepare Kansas blog or on social media at #PrepareKS and #BeReady.

Prepare Kansas is a free, easy way to ensure you’re better equipped to handle emergencies.  

“Knowledge for Life” provided by Phillips-Rooks Extension District #5 and K-State Research and Extension.