September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The Greene County Combined Health District (GCCHD) has committed to participate in National Preparedness to increase preparedness throughout the U.S. The event, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.
One of NPM’s key messages is: being prepared in the event of an emergency can help you to be selfreliant in the face of being without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue for up to three days. Preparing starts with four important steps:
- 1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen, and
- what to do before, during and after an emergency,
- 2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency,
- 3. Build an emergency supply kit,
- 4. Get involved.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.
GCCHD is helping to raise awareness throughout Greene County by:
- GCCHD website and our social media outlets,
- health department,
- disseminate booklets designed for seniors.
For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit http://www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.