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Simpson County Emergency Management
Tuesday September 1st, 2009 :: 01:00 p.m. CDT


September is National Preparedness Month. Prepare yourself and family. For more information log onto

September has been designated as National Preparedness Month.

If the lights go out, are you prepared?

Something as simple as having a flashlight and extra batteries available in the event of a power outage can make you and your family more comfortable during these times.

Kentuckians face many challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes, flooding, winter storms to man made hazards. Every household should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time.

Although the state and local government is expected to assist the public during these times, preparedness starts at home. In the event of large scale disasters the government may be unable to respond immediately. Be prepared! You should have a three day supply of food and water for each member of your family, along with essentials such as: medicines, flash lights, radio, extra batteries, matches, candles, first aid supplies, etc.

Along with an emergency kit you should have an emergency plan.


“Be aware, be prepared, have a plan, and make a kit."

Be Aware:
• Know in advance your weather forecasts
• Stay tuned to your local broadcasting stations
• Discuss conditions with family member and know
their location during times of known potentially threatening conditions.

Be Prepared:
• Discuss your plan with family members and neighbors.
• Review your plan periodically for necessary updates.
• Refresh you emergency kit(s).
• Drill: practice your plan with household members.

Have a plan:
• UTILITES: Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)
• SHELTER: Identify safe locations within your residence.
• CONTACTS: Written contact information should include; relatives, neighbors, utility companies, employers (employees) and local emergency contact telephone numbers.
• EVACUATE: Predetermine evacuation routes. Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . . a friend or relative's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
• Children: Make back up plans for children in case you (or they) can’t get home in an emergency.
• Vehicles: Maintain a half tank of fuel in vehicles.
Move vehicles from under trees during possible wind events.
Keep an “Emergency Go Kit” in the vehicle.
• Medications: prepare a list of all prescription drugs.

Make a kit:
• First aid kit and essential medications.
• Canned food and can opener.
• At least three gallons of water per person
• Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
• Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
• Waterproof matches, candles
• Local phone book
• Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
• Extra set of car keys

For more information, contact Bob at the Emergency Management office.

Simpson County Emergency Management
Courthouse Square
Franklin, KY 42134

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 270-586-0531

Robert Palmer

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