Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can!

Posted at 11:30 a.m.

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, a time to focus on planning for emergencies, with an overarching theme this year of “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

In this video, Seamus Mooney, coordinator of emergency management for Fairfax County, discusses the importance of having an emergency plan as well as how to stay informed before, during and after emergency events so that you can be better prepared for what happens.

“Hurricane Harvey has reminded each of us that disasters can change our lives and our communities in an instant,” says Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke. “Whether it’s a hurricane, a tornado, an earthquake or a terrorist attack, knowing what to do when disaster strikes can be a matter of survival for you and your family.”

“Disasters can be overwhelming to think about, but don’t wait until it’s too late to ask yourself hard questions — and come up with good answers,” Duke added.


Be sure to follow this emergency information blog throughout National Preparedness Month for weekly videos on preparedness. And join us on the county’s Facebook page for a Facebook Live on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. as emergency management staff discuss what you should have in your emergency supply kit and how to be better prepared.

National Preparedness Month 2017 - Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can.

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