September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Management Division would like to encourage County residents to prepare and plan for emergency and disaster events.  The time is NOW to make a commitment to be the survivor.

September marks National Preparedness Month, which was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S. First responders and emergency managers understand there will be an overwhelming demand to reach people in distress following a disaster. Getting to every person quickly following an emergency will simply not be possible – especially if trees and power lines are down.  It’s imperative that community members take the necessary steps to prepare for emergencies.  The more people who are prepared for a disaster, the quicker the community will recover afterwards.  Find out more about National Preparedness Month at http://www.ready.gov/september.

It is a time to prepare yourself, your family and your loved ones for any emergency. Follow these three steps:

1. Get a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care, including water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlights and a battery-powered radio.  For a complete checklist of supplies, visit www.ReadyOC.org.

2. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see www.ReadyOC.org. Work with your neighbors, colleagues and others to build a community network of resilience.

3. Be Informed: Information is available to assist you from federal, state and local resources. You can find preparedness information by:

a.    Signing up for emergency alerts and notifications at www.AlertOC.com.
b.    Accessing www.ReadyOC.org to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency.
c.    Contacting your local emergency management department and ask for a tour and information about preparedness.

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