COLUMBUS – September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) encourages residents to plan and prepare for all hazards before they happen. The month serves as a timely reminder that emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere without advance notice. The time to prepare is now and throughout the year.
This year’s theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” The campaign emphasizes the need for all residents to know how to respond and what to do should disaster strike. Citizens are reminded to be informed about the top risks facing Franklin County and register for ALERT Franklin County at www.alertfranklincounty.org to receive important information and weather alerts on their mobile devices. FCEM&HS encourages everyone to create an emergency plan that includes all family members and pets, build a disaster supply kit, and get involved by learning lifesaving skills - such as CPR and first aid.
“Residents may find themselves without utilities, access to food and water, or response from safety forces for up to 72 hours after a disaster. Having a plan and emergency supply kit is essential," said Jeffrey J. Young, Director of Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. "By having the right skills, knowing how to respond and what to do when disaster strikes, residents can help themselves, their neighbors and the community in times of need."
Throughout National Preparedness Month, FCEM&HS will feature a different preparedness theme each week on Facebook and Twitter. Weekly themes include:
Make and Practice Your Plan
- Learn Life Saving Skills
- Check Your Insurance Coverage
- Save for an Emergency
As part of National Preparedness Month, FCEM&HS encourages parents to include the whole family in the planning process. Young children and teens can learn how to become better prepared, build an emergency supply kit and become a Disaster Master by playing online games at www.ready.gov/kids/games.