September is National Preparedness Month
FRESNO, CA, Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – September is National Preparedness Month, an annual opportunity for families and communities to help raise awareness and take steps to be better prepared for emergencies. During National Preparedness Month and throughout the year, the Fresno County Office of Emergency Services (OES) encourages all Fresno County residents to take a proactive approach in personal preparedness.
“National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity for all individuals to consider our emergency risks and take meaningful action to ensure ourselves, our families and our communities are disaster-ready,” says Ken Austin, Emergency Manager for Fresno County OES. “Taking steps to prepare now improves our ability to react, respond and recover whenever and wherever a disaster happens.”
National Preparedness Month is recognized every September and is part of FEMA’s Ready Campaign. This year’s theme is “Prepared, Not Scared”, and offers a weekly focus and resources on different elements of preparedness including financial preparedness, making a family emergency plan, youth preparedness, and community involvement.
“We have seen the devastation of wildfires, floods and earthquakes throughout the state and in our own backyard, so it is critically important for all of us to remain vigilant and proactive when it comes to emergency preparedness,” says Dave Pomaville, Director of the Fresno County Department of Public Health. “All aspects of community including our families, schools, governmental service providers, faith based organizations, and business leaders, have a responsibility to be prepared for disaster.”
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors plans to formally proclaim September as “National Preparedness Month” in Fresno County at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 10. The County will also share important preparedness information on our social media sites throughout the month.
For important emergency preparedness tips, information and resources, please visit the Fresno County Office of Emergency Services website at www.FCDPH.org/OES.