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September proclaimed National Preparedness Month

Posted on 09/09/2020
September proclaimed National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Weld County Board of Commissioners reminds residents about the importance of preparing for various types of disasters and emergencies in homes, businesses and communities.

“Emergencies can be small or large in scale and can range from power outages, to water supply issues, to floods, to snowstorms, to a pandemic,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “Regardless of size or the cause, it is crucial for people to prepare to keep their family and their homes safe.”

According to Roy Rudisill, Weld County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director, being prepared for any emergency comes down to a few simple things.

“Make sure you have the necessary items to be self-sufficient for up to three days. Food, water, medications, pet food … whatever, and do it before an event,” Rudisill said. “Also, make sure your flashlights, backup generators and batteries are working. Don’t wait to try them when the power goes out or a tornado is barreling toward your residence.”

Throughout the month of September, residents can find emergency preparedness tips related to severe weather, directions on putting an emergency plan in place and ideas to involve youth in emergency planning by visiting Weld County Government’s Facebook and Twitter webpages. Community preparedness guides and information about emergency preparedness can also be found at www.weldoem.com.

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 www.ready.gov/september.