!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c31731e51970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c31731e51970b-320wi|alt=NEPM|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=NEPM|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c31731e51970b!The period between September and October marks the transition from
summer to fall and the knowledge that winter is just around the corner.  Gardens and flowers are going into their
dormant state; the fall harvest of crops is about to be completed; and preparations
for the coming, shortened days of winter are underway-at least in the northern
climates.  A certain dog is also making
sure we are all thinking about fire safety as well.
While the calendar can tell us when to think about certain tasks
requiring preparation because of the changing seasons, there is no similar
calendar that says what day a tornado will strike, when an earthquake will be
triggered or what day a fire might affect our home, place of work or community
in the case of a wildfire.  September is National
Emergency Preparedness Month-a time to pause and think about the what if’s:  what if I have a fire in my home; what if a
hurricane is imminent; what if I lose the power to my home for several days;
what if I have cope with extreme heat-or a severe winter storm.
Devoting a month to think about these perils and how you can best
handle them is good planning-and good preparation.  NFPA offers myriad resources to identify the what if’s and just as importantly, the how to’s;  how to react to a fire in my home; how to
prepare for a hurricane; how to deal with no power; how to manage in extreme
swings of temperature or other weather events.  Check out NFPA’s Emergency Preparedness page  for
ideas, planning, supplies and resources you and your family should have on
hand.   See the numerous resources and
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said-+ +An ounce
of action is worth a ton of theory. This
September, add a few ounces to your preparation cart.
-Robert Solomon, PE, NFPA