The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors National Preparedness Month each September. This year’s theme is: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” Living on the west coast, I’ve lived through multiple earthquakes and fires. So, disaster preparedness is an important part of my life. Now that my adult children have families of their own, I want to do whatever I can to help keep everyone safe. To that end, my trunk contains a backpack filled with emergency supplies. In fact, I put together a similar pack for everyone in our family last Christmas. Knowing that everyone I love is prepared helps me sleep better at night.