It's a brand new month with a brand new proclamation.
September is officially "Kansas Preparedness Month," a time to reminded that everybody is prepared for whatever emergency might come along.
Gov. Sam Brownback urged every Kansan to take a few simple steps this month toward stocking a home emergency kit.
"You don't have to do it all at once; add just a couple of items every month or so. Then make an emergency plan and practice it with your family. The steps you take now can make a big difference if you're faced with a major emergency," Brownback said.
Joining the governor at the proclamation signing ceremony were Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general and director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management; Col. Ernest Garcia, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol; and Robert Moser, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
"An emergency kit is basically a back-up supply of the things we need every day, such as food, water and daily medications," said Tafanelli "You also need a good weather-alert radio, flashlights and extra batteries, blankets, a first-aid kit and other supplies, enough to be self-sufficient on your own for a minimum of three days. Put them in your home's designated shelter area so they will be readily accessible in case of an emergency."
Information on building a home emergency kit can be found online at the Kansas Ready site, the Red Cross site, and at the national Ready site.
"I hope that families, individuals and businesses will take advantage of this reminder by conducting inventory of their emergency kits and revisiting their response plans," said Moser. "The storms we had this past winter are perfect examples of why preparedness is essential to our safety and wellbeing. This is also the time of year to prepare for the upcoming influenza season by getting your annual flu vaccine. The vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the flu."
"As a first responder agency, the Kansas Highway Patrol fully understands the need to be prepared for an ever changing environment," said Garcia. "Through joint cooperation with our state and county partners, we work hard to ensure those traveling Kansas' roadways are safe at all times."
During Preparedness Month, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management is reminding the public to take part in its monthly online "Preparedness Challenge" on the KSReady.gov site.