September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters.
If you’ve seen the news recently you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.
Police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.
This September please prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Just follow these four steps:
Stay Informed: Information is available from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. Sign up for our City’s Emergency Notification System, Nixle. Text your zip code to 888777 or go online to www.culvercity.org or www.nixle.com.
Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see Ready.gov or for a checklist visit www.culvercity.org/emergencyprep.
Build a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies - water, nonperishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and battery-powered radio on hand - for you and those in your care.
Get Involved: There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and places of worship safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree that the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters.
By taking a few simple actions, you can make your family safer. It is easy to participate. Visit www.culvercity.org/pledge/ and review the checklist and learn what steps you and your family should take to become technologically prepared for disasters.
Complete the information on the “Pledge 2B Prepared” pledge card and be entered to win an extra phone power source. Winners will be chosen weekly.
For more information, please visit www.culvercity.org.