Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Doug Ahlberg today urged all residents to observe September as "National Preparedness Month" by assembling an emergency supply kit and developing a family emergency plan. National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "Ready" Campaign to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.
Every individual and family needs a plan to deal with natural or man-made emergencies," Ahlberg said. "That plan should include a family meeting place in case of severe weather. Those who don't have plans should establish them immediately, and those who do have plans should review them at least every year.
Ahlberg gave these tips:
Ahlberg said more information on emergency kits and plans is available online from many resources, including lancaster.ne.gov (keyword: emergency). He said a NOAA all-hazards radio is a great tool to alert families of potential emergencies so they can take steps to protect themselves.
Ahlberg thanked the local media for their commitment to keep residents informed in emergency situations. He also thanked the Citizen Corps Council, NECO Security and Alarm Systems and Runza Restaurants for their financial support of National Preparedness Month.
Ahlberg said local agencies have been working with Community Organizations Active in Disaster, which is making preparedness information available through business newsletters, organizational flyers and other outlets.