CEO Photo“There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.”

Stephen King

From “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”

Published in Different Seasons

September is National Preparedness Month, and since EMI is privileged to be working with several of the federal government front-line preparedness agencies – the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – we’d like to give a shout out to all those dedicated individuals who help us when disasters strike, and for their commitment to helping us be prepared for the unexpected.

You don’t have to think too long these days about weather and non-weather events that have disrupted our lives. Tornadoes, floods, extreme heat and snowfall, earthquakes, pandemics, cybersecurity attacks, and the list goes on. National Preparedness Month was established by FEMA in 2004, and is managed and sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign. The theme for 2022: A Lasting Legacy. The life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.

Take a few minutes this month to think about what you and your family have included in your emergency kit in the past, and what updates you should be implementing. Visit the ready.gov/kit page https://www.ready.gov/kit  for a downloadable emergency supply list to prepare you to survive on your own for a few days, should a disaster strike. We all think about stocking up on gallons of water, and non-perishable foods, but does your kit currently include a whistle to signal for help? How about plastic sheeting, duct tape, N95 masks for each family member, moist towelettes, and garbage bags? Check out the Ready site for a thorough list of items, and don’t forget books, puzzles, and small games for children.

As you prepare for a disaster, you should also be thinking about organizing information such as a Family Emergency Communication Plan and Safeguarding documents and valuables. The Disasters and Emergencies page of the Ready.gov site offers a wealth of information and checklists.

I don’t know about you, but when I start thinking about Fall, I’m picturing sunflowers, pumpkins, scarecrows, and fall veggies including squash. If you’re looking for a new recipe to try, check out this easy-to-prepare Zucchini Lasagna (without noodles)

created by Chef Sylvia Fountaine; great with meat or adaptable to vegetarian and gluten-free.

Take care, stay well, and be prepared.

With a smile,

Debbie King

Founder & CEO