Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Jim Davidsaver today urged all community members to observe September as "National Preparedness Month." The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "Ready" Campaign sponsors National Preparedness Month to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.
The theme for 2020 is "Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today." Davidsaver said each week in September will focus on a different facet of the emergency planning process.
"Recent disasters and the current COVID-19 situation experienced at the local, state and national levels emphasize the need for preparedness," Davidsaver said. "Every individual and family should have a plan to deal with natural or other emergencies. If you do not have a plan, now is the time make one. If you do have a plan, review and update it at least once a year."
Davidsaver said preparations should include an evacuation plan for short-notice departures that also considers COVID-19 restrictions and limitations. Davidsaver offered these tips:
Davidsaver said more information on emergency kits and plans is available online from many sources including lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: emergency) and ready.gov. The FEMA application is available at fema.gov/mobile-app. He said a NOAA all-hazards radio is a great tool to alert and inform families of potential emergencies. Early and timely notification allows individuals to take necessary steps to protect themselves.
Davidsaver thanked the Nebraska Emergency Management's Citizen Corps Council for promoting National Preparedness Month. He also thanked local media outlets for their commitment to keep community residents informed in emergency situations in and around Lancaster County.
The weekly topics for National Preparedness Month are:
For more information on National Preparedness Month, visit ready.gov/September.