Governor Mike Pence has declared September Preparedness Month. The focus of this month is to educate and empower Hoosiers to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies. Hoosiers can take some simple and inexpensive steps now to be more prepared, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). A disaster or emergency, such as a winter storm, flooding, tornado, natural disaster or terrorist attacks, could leave households without electricity, heat, and clean running water. There is also a possibility that communication to police, fire or rescue personnel might not be immediate. Hoosiers remain largely unprepared for disasters and other life-threatening emergencies. Experience shows that preparing ahead of time can help people better respond to, recover from, and lessen the physical, emotional and financial impact of a disaster or other emergency.