Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Jim Davidsaver today urged all residents to observe September as "National Preparedness Month." 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, schools and communities.
"There's a saying in Emergency Management, 'People don't plan to fail. They fail to plan,'" Davidsaver said. "If you postpone your preparations until disaster strikes, it's too late."
Davidsaver said all residents are encouraged to assemble an emergency supply kit and develop a family emergency plan. "Every individual and family needs a plan to deal with natural or man-made emergencies," he said. "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 offered these tips:
Davidsaver said more information on emergency kits and plans is available online from many sources, including lancaster.ne.gov (keyword: emergency) and ready.gov. People can download the FEMA application at fema.gov/mobile-app, for instant access to preparedness information. A NOAA all-hazards radio is a great tool to alert and inform families of potential emergencies. Early and timely notification allows families to take necessary steps to protect themselves.
To promote community-wide preparedness, the department is hosting a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training session in early October. This training not only promotes self-sufficiency among community residents, it prepares people to provide support to first responders during a major disaster. For more information or to register for the CERT class, contact Teri Roberts at Volunteer Partners, 402-435-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davidsaver thanked local media outlets for their commitment to keep community residents informed in emergency situations in and around Lancaster County. He also thanked the Nebraska Emergency Management's (NEMA) Citizen Corps Council for promoting National Preparedness Month.
Davidsaver said local agencies have been working with Volunteer Partners and Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) to make preparedness information available through business newsletters, organizational flyers and social media outlets.
The weekly topics for National Preparedness Month are as follows: