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Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year. Whether it's from tornadoes, flooding, straight line winds, lightning, winter storms, man-made hazards or daily emergencies, every household and every business should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is reminding the public that households, businesses and communities can increase their preparedness by following this year's theme of "Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters" during September -- National Preparedness Month (NPM).

The following 10 steps of Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters can encourage households, businesses and organizations to prepare for emergencies during National Preparedness Month by taking the following actions:

1. Assemble a go bag with supplies in case of an emergency.

2. Prepare digital forms of important documents for an emergency.

3. Have extra supplies in case of an emergency.

4. Download the FEMA app (https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app) to provide emergency information at your fingertips.

5. Have an alternative power source for devices during emergencies.

6. Set up an In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact in your cell phone.

7. Choose an emergency contact when out-of-town.

8. Find a local, pet-friendly evacuation center.

9. Update your social media to tell loved ones you are safe during an emergency.

10. Remember that in an emergency -- text and don't call. Phone lines will be backed up with calls reporting important information. To let your loved ones know you are safe, send them a text message instead.

For additional preparedness information, visit ready.gov.

Remember to take the time to be prepared. It's worth it. It may save your life or the life of a loved one.

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