New online challenge 'Prepare Kansas' can help individuals, families get disaster-ready
Sometimes life in the heartland is not for the faint of heart. At least that’s the way it seems when homes and communities experience tornadoes, flooding, drought and other disasters like Kansas communities can.
“For every disaster that makes the news, there are many more fires, storms and others that we don’t hear about. They can be just as devastating to an individual, a family or a neighborhood, and recovering from them all is difficult,” said Elizabeth Kiss, family financial specialist with K-State Research and Extension.
Prepare Kansas is a new K-State Research and Extension online financial challenge designed to help individuals and families be better prepared ahead of disasters, which can make recovery easier. The program focuses on a few activities every week during September, including: Developing a Household Inventory; Insurance; Putting Together a Grab and Go Box; and Tips for After the Disaster.
September has been declared National Preparedness Month by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“A little work now can make recovering from a disaster less difficult,” according to Elizabeth Brunscheen-Cartagena, K-State Research and Extension family and consumer science agent in Sedgwick County. “We’ve broken the program down to a few activities to do every week, which makes it easier than if you’re trying to do many activities from a long list.”
Working on each activity gives families an opportunity to not only work together on becoming better prepared but can spark discussions about preparedness in general and the best ways to handle future emergencies, Brunscheen-Cartagena said.
To register for Prepare Kansas, go to bit.ly/1pwiiFE.