Sheriff John D’Agostini Announces National Preparedness Month
This September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Sheriff John D'Agostini is committed to participate in NPM by increasing awareness of the need for individuals, families, organizations and businesses to prepare for emergencies throughout El Dorado County and the U.S.
This 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 the key messages of NPM is: Be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities such as electricity and water service, as well as access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even coping without response from police, fire or rescue services. Preparing can start with four important steps:
1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful 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. Preparedness information and events will be posted to http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM. Currently the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services works with Federal Agencies, State Agencies, County Agencies, Municipal Agencies, Public Utilities, Fire Districts, School Districts and Volunteer Organizations to develop, maintain and implement Emergency Operations Plans and Emergency Action Plans.
As El Dorado Counties Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Services, Sheriff D’Agostini is a strong proponent of emergency preparedness stating, “Emergency Preparedness is a community endeavor that requires the participation of governmental agencies, volunteer organizations, businesses, and individual citizens. Although we do not have the resources to prepare each organization and each individual throughout the county, we can circulate the information advising them where they can learn about the need to prepare and the steps they can take to prepare for possible emergencies they may face.
For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM or call 800-BE-READY, and TTY 800-462-7585.