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September proclaimed National Preparedness Month

Posted on 09/04/2019
September proclaimed National Preparedness Month

September has been declared National Preparedness Month by the Weld County Board of Commissioners. This month is a time to remind residents about the importance of preparing for various types of disasters and emergencies in homes, businesses and communities.

“Being prepared for an emergency or disaster is something all residents should take very seriously,” said Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer. “It’s important to know what disasters can happen here — snow storms, floods or tornadoes — to have a plan in place as well as an emergency kit, and to practice that plan. And make sure to include the whole family.”

Roy Rudisill, Weld County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director, believes every Weld County resident is responsible for being prepared for an emergency.

“Investing in the preparedness of ourselves, our families, our businesses and our communities can reduce fatalities and economic devastation when disaster strikes,” Rudisill said. “We urge citizens to make preparedness a priority, and September is the perfect time to start if you haven’t already.”

Throughout the month of September, residents can find emergency preparedness tips related to severe weather, financial wellness, community involvement and having youth and teenagers be ready for an emergency by visiting Weld County Government’s Facebook and Twitter webpages.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit

National Preparedness Month was developed as part of FEMA’s Ready campaign. According to Ready’s website, the campaign launched in 2003, and asks individuals to prepare for disasters and emergencies by doing four key things: staying informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate response, making a family emergency plan, building an emergency supply kit, and getting involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies. More information can be found at