September is National Preparedness Month, which means there will be quite a bit of public service announcements and tips circulating as government agencies and first responders promote their respective campaigns about disaster planning.
We have traditionally focused our preparedness efforts at Monroe on a Budget and The Monroe News at the start of tornado season, and the start of winter weather season, as those are the disaster scenarios that affect our local readers in southeast Michigan on a predictable and frequent basis.
That being said, there will be a large interagency family disaster planning expo on Sept. 13 this year in Monroe. So we’ll share some of their tips this month, along with national campaign details that seem best to fit our audience, on our respective channels.
The Centers for Disease Control has posted a series of children’s coloring books focusing on a variety of disaster scenarios. One of them is on tornado safety and another title features winter weather safety.
Both the tornado and winter weather booklets are very up-to-date with their recommendations, and kid-friendly in terms of simple instructions.
Follow the link to find those and other titles, and download / print them off for your kids.
– Paula Wethington