Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September is National Preparedness Month

September is here and that means it is the start of National Preparedness Month.  National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster preparedness, as well as emergency planning throughout the year.  The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

Southlake’s Office of Emergency Management has created a message calendar for each week of the month, along with activities for the whole community.  The themes for each week are “Make Your Plan,” “Community Support,” “Protect Your Property,” and “Life-Saving Skills.”

An exhibit with vital emergency preparedness information and a sample emergency kit is on display in the Town Hall Atrium.  A number of events have also been scheduled for the community, including a #KnowYourNeighbor contest, an information booth at the Southlake Library on September 17th, and a partnership with Southlake Rotary for a community blood drive and hands-free CPR class at the National Night Out event.  You can find more information about the National Preparedness Month events on the Southlake Department of Public Safety Facebook page.

Emergency Manager, Amanda Meneses, stated “It is important to make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes.”  It is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.  Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

1.  Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?

2.  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.

3.  Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.

4.  Communicate and practice your plan with your family/household

More information on emergency plans can be found at Ready.gov or you can contact the Office of Emergency Management for more information or assistance.