September is National Preparedness Month
Are you prepared for an emergency? The month of September, National Preparedness Month (NPM), is a time to ensure you and your family are prepared. Hosted by the Ready Campaign, NPM encourages households, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility that takes input and work from the community. A resilient community is one that’s prepared for an emergency and that preparation can’t be done solely by local officials. It takes individuals, families, business, schools, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations getting involved and joining together.
Ready.Gov provides the following tips to help prepare for an emergency:
- Make an emergency plan
- Sign up for emergency alerts and warnings
- Check your insurance coverage
- Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive
Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support. To help train residents for local emergency situations, the Town offers a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. The 20-hour course is held once per year in the spring. For more information, or to register, visit QueenCreek.org/CERT.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer