Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Jim Davidsaver today urged all residents to observe September as "National Preparedness Month" by developing a family emergency plan and assembling an emergency supply kit. 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 family and every individual needs to be prepared and have a plan in place to deal with natural or man-made emergencies," Davidsaver said. "That plan should include a family meeting place in case of severe weather. If you do not have a plan, make one. If you do have a plan, review and update it at least once a year."
Davidsaver gave these tips:
More information on emergency kits and plans is available online from many resources, including lancaster.ne.gov (keyword: emergency) and ready.gov. Davidsaver said a NOAA all-hazards radio is a great tool to give families early notification of potential emergencies so they can take steps to protect themselves.
Davidsaver thanked the local media for their commitment to keep residents informed in emergency situations in and around Lancaster County. He also thanked the Nebraska Emergency Management Association's Citizen Corps Council for promoting National Preparedness Month.
Davidsaver said local agencies have been working with Volunteer Partners and Community Organizations Active in Disaster to make preparedness information available through business newsletters, organizational flyers and social media outlets.