Public Health Reminds Residents to Be Prepared, Not Scared

September is National Preparedness Month...Are YOU Ready?

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Greene County Public Health has committed to support National Preparedness Month to increase awareness and preparedness throughout Greene County. The event, now in its fifteenth 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.

This year’s theme is “Be Prepared...Not Scared”. Each week during the month will focus on a different aspect of preparedness. Week One, September 1-7 will focus on saving up for disaster costs; Week Two, September 8-14 is about making a plan for prepare for disasters; Week Three, September 15-21 teaches youth to prepare for disasters; while the final week, Week Four, September 22-30 encourages getting involved in your community’s preparedness.

One of NPM’s key messages is: being prepared in the event of an emergency can help you to be self-reliant 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 in your community, 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. National Preparedness Month encourages families in communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. If you already have one in place, it’s time to update it and practice it.

The health district is helping to raise awareness throughout Greene County by:

  • Posting emergency preparedness information about the weekly themes (above) on the health district website and our social media outlets,
  • And, providing pamphlets and information for pick-up at the health district office and at local fairs and festivals.

Be Prepared...Not Scared. For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.

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