September is "Preparedness Month" in Kansas, and today the State Fair is hosting state, local and federal officials who work daily to keep Kansans safe.
Equipment and information booths are on display showing the role various agencies play in protecting against disasters, both man-made and natural.
State officials are discussing ways to make homes, businesses and communities ready for emergencies.
Emergency workers shared an important message with Kansans: Being prepared today can make a huge difference when disaster strikes.
"Be prepared to stay home and take care of business that you would need for at least three days, so that the resources we do have can go to rescue and restoring crucial infrastructure and helping those citizens that are unable to care for themselves," said Kansas Adjutant General Major General Todd Bunting.
Citizens who are not able to care for themselves are the focus of a new program underway in Reno County. The Special Needs Program is designed to provide the best assistance for those mentally and/or physically disabled.
"If they do need extra assistance, we'll know where they are and what type of assistance they'll need," said Reno Co. Emergency Management Director Bill Guy.
Guy says the first step is to get residents with special needs to sign up, which can be done at help agencies throughout Reno County. A link to the Reno County Special Needs Program can be found below.
An appropriate emergency kit should have:
A three-day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water,
Any pet supplies or other specialty needs.