The Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (JCHSEM) joins the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in recognizing September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). The theme this year is “Disasters Don’t Wait, Make Your Plan Today” and encourages citizens to take action now. Take time to build a kit, make a plan, and check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as floods, earthquakes and tornadoes. Educate and involve youth in preparedness. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved than this September. Each week revolves around a specific element of preparedness to help ensure you and your family are ready should a disaster strike.
The weekly themes are:
Week 1: Sept. 1-5 Make a Plan
Week 2: Sept. 6-12 Build a Kit
Week 3: Sept. 13-19 Prepare for Disasters
Week 4: Sept. 20-26 Teach Youth about Preparedness
Preparedness is a shared responsibility that takes the whole community. Learn ways you can take action by visiting Ready.gov/prepare. During NPM, JCHSEM will share tips on how you can prepare your family for an emergency. Be sure to follow us on Facebook at JeffersonCountyHSEM or on Twitter @JCHSEM. You can also stay in informed by signing up for NIXLE, Jefferson County’s Community Alert System. NIXLE provides the residents of Jefferson County important, timely, and accurate information about emergencies in the county, directly to your mobile device. This service is free to you and provides you the necessary information that you need to keep yourself, your family, your friends, and your neighbors safe. In order to sign up for these alerts go to https://local.nixle.com/register/ or, text your Jefferson County zip code to 888777 to opt in.