Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Jim Davidsaver today urged all residents to observe September as "National Preparedness Month". The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "Ready" Campaign sponsors National Preparedness Month to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.
The theme for 2017 is "Disasters don't plan ahead. You can." Davidsaver said each week in September will focus on a different facet of the emergency planning process. The end result will promote and foster community-wide preparedness for all.
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," Davidsaver said. "If you do not have a plan, now is the time 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. A NOAA all-hazards radio is a great tool to alert and inform families of potential emergencies. Early and timely notification allows individuals to take necessary steps to protect themselves.
To promote community-wide preparedness, Emergency Management is hosting a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training session in mid-October. This training not only promotes self-sufficiency among community residents, it prepares people to provide support to first responders during a major disaster.
Davidsaver thanked the Nebraska Emergency Management's (NEMA) Citizen Corps Council for promoting National Preparedness Month. He also thanked local media outlets for their commitment to keep community residents informed in emergency situations in and around Lancaster County.
Davidsaver said local agencies have been working with Volunteer Linc 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: