National Preparedness Month

Damage restoration

September is National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This year’s NPM theme –

“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

– focuses on planning for emergencies such as fires, flooding, power outages, and earthquakes. Aside from the natural disasters there are other disasters on a more local nature that we can all experience and planning and preparedness for an emergency is the best defense.

The goal of NPM is to increase the number of individuals and communities that prepare for emergencies systematically. You and your family should prepare for disasters and be able to help first responders in your community.

You can learn how to respond during an emergency through training programs like Community Emergency Response Team. The course teaches disaster preparedness and basic disaster response skills such as CPR and first aid.

In Colorado we can narrow the possible disasters down a bit but we still have out threats. We don’t have to worry about a hurricane and earthquakes are rare but; wild fires, floods, tornados, hail, high winds, sever winter storms and power outages are all a very real and common possibility in northern Colorado. Along Colorado’s northern front range we have experienced all of these within the past year. If you have a home in the mountain or foothills communities like Boulder, Golden, Lyons, Nederland or Blackhawk then wild fires are a PROBABILITY. If you live anywhere along the front range of Colorado; Thornton, Northglenn, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Loveland, Commerce City or Arvada then you know hailstorms, severe winds and thunder storms are a regular occurrence

There are also the local emergencies that may be limited to only your household or your family, these can include

Make September the month to get prepared:

General guidelines for preparedness:

 

More specific suggestions for your home:

 

Besides creating an emergency plan, you can spread the word about NPM using the social media kit on NPM’s website. The kit provides key marketing and preparedness messaging to print or share on your social media channels.

Last edited on 19th of September 2017

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