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 2019 is "Prepared, Not Scared." Davidsaver said each week in September will focus on a different facet of the emergency planning process.
"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.
The weekly topics for National Preparedness Month are:
For more information on National Preparedness Month, visit ready.gov/September.