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News Release

Lancaster County
Date: August 31, 2015

For more information contact
Jim Davidsaver, Emergency Management, (402) 441-7441

September is "National Preparedness Month"

Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Jim Davidsaver today urged all residents to observe September as "National Preparedness Month" by assembling an emergency supply kit and developing a family emergency plan. National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "Ready" Campaign to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. The theme for this year is "Don't wait. Communicate."

2015 National Preparedness Month

Every individual and family needs a plan to deal with natural or man-made emergencies," Davidsaver said. "That plan should include a family meeting place in case of severe weather. If you do not have a plan, make one. If you do have a plan, review and update it at least once a year.

Davidsaver offered these tips:

  • A family preparedness kit should include a family-sized supply of food and water as well as essential medicines and basic first aid supplies. Stock a minimum of a 3-day supply. Include provisions for any pets in the home.
  • A family emergency response plan should be specific and emphasize communication among family members and external sources of information such as media.

Davidsaver said more information on emergency kits and plans is available online from many sources, including www.lancaster.ne.gov (keyword: emergency) and www.ready.gov/september. He added a NOAA all-hazards radio is a great tool to alert and inform families of potential emergencies. Early and timely notification allows families to take necessary steps to protect themselves.

Davidsaver thanked the local media outlets for their commitment to keep community residents informed in emergency situations in and around Lancaster County. He also thanked the Nebraska Emergency Management's (NEMA) Citizen Corps Council for promoting National Preparedness Month.

Davidsaver said local agencies have been working with Volunteer Partners and Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) to make preparedness information available through business newsletters, organizational flyers and social media outlets.

Lancaster County Emergency Management will participate in the month long campaign leading up to 'National PrepareAthon Day', on Wednesday, September 30th. This year's campaign will have weekly hazard-focused themes to raise awareness across a broad spectrum of disasters and emergencies.

America's Prepareathon Campaign Goals

The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who:

  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
  • Take action to increase their preparedness
  • Participate in community resilience planning

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