Planning is an Important Part in Being Prepared

Posted at 1:20 p.m.

In case you haven’t heard, September is the 10th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

One of the goals of highlighting preparedness during September is to educate about the importance of preparedness, as well as how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies and terrorist attacks.

All of these hazards — and others — are also something the county is planning and preparing for as well. David McKernan, coordinator of our emergency management office, says his office has several main functions, one of which is planning for numerous emergency possibilities — natural and manmade.

 

McKernan stressed that while the county is preparing for all types of hazards, residents also need to prepare by assembling an emergency supply kit.

“Make sure you have emergency food, water, medications and other supplies in an emergency kit so you can sustain yourself for at least three days,” he said, adding that medications are an often overlooked, important part of an emergency supply kit.

 

We’ve got suggestions and more information on how to put together an emergency supply kit and what should be included on our preparedness Web page. In addition, Ready.gov has some good info on how to build an emergency supply kit.

To hear more about the Office of Emergency Management and what they do, as well as emergency preparedness, check out the Sept. 4 edition of “The County Conversation” podcast featuring David McKernan.

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