This September marks the 14th annual National Preparedness Month, designed to raise public awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness.
Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in southeastern U.S. serves as a painful reminder that disasters don’t plan ahead – but you can. Whether it’s a wildfire, flooding or earthquake, it’s essential to be prepared. The City and Aliso Viejo Police Services are urging you to remember the following tips:
– Have enough emergency food and water on hand to sustain your family and pets for up to two weeks.
– Create an emergency kit with flashlights, extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, basic first aid kit, dust mask, tools and other supplies.
– Register for emergency messaging (calls, texts, and emails) through the City of Aliso Viejo’s emergency notification system – AlertOC.
– Relief effort contributions – consider donating to charitable organizations like the American Red Cross that are on the ground assisting with the relief efforts and know the needs of those impacted. However, deter from donating items like clothing or furniture, since there are not always enough resources to inventory, clean, store and manage donated items in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. (Also, always ensure the validity of any organization before donating. (This website can help.)
– Follow the City on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and Police Services on Twitter and Instagram for real-time emergency information around the clock and disaster preparedness tips throughout the month.
– Visit ReadyOC.org for more disaster preparedness.