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 2018 is "Disasters happen. Prepare now. Learn how." 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 and resilience.
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. The FEMA application is available at fema.gov/mobile-app. He said 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.
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:
For more information on National Preparedness Month, visit ready.gov/September.