LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Over 80 Arkansas organizations are focusing on preparedness across the state.
September is National Preparedness Month and it's in full-swing here in Arkansas.
Gov. Beebe said, "I call upon all those who are in leadership positions- whether in business, government, nonprofit, or other public service- to join in furthering the development of preparedness plans to protect lives and property during severe weather conditions and other types of emergencies."
"Flashlights are important. I even had to change the batteries in my flashlight over the weekend. So having an LED flashlight? They don't take a lot of power," says Chad Stover with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.
Stover says one of the easiest ways to keep you and your family prepared for unforseen events is a kit, packed for all family members.
"Tropical Depression Isaac is a perfect example. We had Arkansans without power, without lights, without cooking and using some of those kits would help them through those days until they had power back."
"Pledge to Prepare" is the campaign made up of 80 organizations with one goal: safety for all in the face of disaster.
"It's designed to encourage citizens to go through the steps of getting a plan for their family. Whether it's an individual plan of what they would do in an emergency or how their whole family would react," says Stover.
A basic plan Stover suggests is:
-Learn your risks and responses.
-Make a family communications plan.
-Build an emergency kit.
-Get involved in community preparedness events.
"Drownings are our number one killer during disasters especially thunderstorms. We can't emphasize enough that if you're driving your vehicle, NOT to drive through running water or moving water," says Stover.
From the officials who react to emergencies and disasters-- a reminder to us all that while some things may be unavoidable, many cases can be easier if we expect the unexpected.
Visit www.Ready.Arkansas.gov for more and stay informed for their smart phone app to launch soon.