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Take Time This Month To Prepare for Disasters

September is National Preparedness Month, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is taking advantage of the opportunity to ask Buckeye State residents to “Prepare to protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

FEMA, the Ohio EMA and ReadyOhio are asking families to work toward weekly preparedness goals such as building an emergency kit, making an emergency plan or volunteering within our communities. These are things each of us can quickly and easily do to be better prepared the next time Mother Nature leaves us at a loss.

“Emergencies can happen at any time and without any notice, so it’s important to think ahead and be prepared. National Preparedness Month is a good opportunity for Ohioans to make a plan to expect the unexpected,” DeWine said.

Yes, such efforts are important. Here in Ohio and also in West Virginia we could face tornadoes, floods, fires, industrial accidents … the list is worryingly endless. Certainly news of western wildfires and Hurricane Ida’s wrath remind us just how bad it can get — particularly when we’re not prepared.

But while we’re busy protecting from the unknown, DeWine said wh also should redouble our efforts to prepare for and protect against this virus we have known for a year and a half. Prepare by getting vaccinated, wearing (and washing) your masks, washing and sanitizing hands often, and maintaining social distance.

We can protect everyone we love by taking those steps, too.

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