Today marks the start of National Preparedness Month 2016.

Shown below is the logo "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make your Emergency Plan Today."

"One of the most important items I tell people they should have is an emergency plan for the family," said Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert.

It does 2 things, 1) It has the family gather together to talk about different scenarios and what they should do while together or apart. 2) it also helps you develop a communications plan for your family.

"Making sure each member of the family knows how to contact others during a disaster is very important. Many times when disaster strikes a community our families are apart from each other at school, work etc. Having a plan to ensure you are able to connect with each other can bring a great peace of mind. Having an out of state friend or family member that everyone checks in with is a good idea," Clippert stressed.

There are many free resources on line that can be downloaded to help make an emergency plan. This is just one example: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

Jana Baldwin