For Immediate Release: September 18, 2015 - 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Casey Hatcher, 530.518.3508
In the wake of the Lumpkin Fire east of Oroville and other fires still burning in northern California, National Preparedness Month, and the reminder to Make Your Emergency Plan Today, feels critically important to many people. Preparing for an emergency is always essential. It is easy for people to forget the importance of preparing until they are reminded how quickly an emergency, such as a wildfire or flood, can happen and how critical it is to be prepared.
September is National Preparedness Month. First responders and public service agencies throughout Butte County remind residents, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Making a pre-determined communication plan is key to ensuring the safety of your home, family, and pets whether you are planning for a wildfire, flood, power outage, or an emergency related to severe weather.
Make a Plan
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:
- How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
- How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?
- How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
- How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
- How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?
Visit http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan for tips on making a plan as well as sample communication plans.
Stay Informed During an Emergency
An important step in preparing for an emergency is to make sure all household members know how they will be notified during an emergency. Make sure you are able to get alerts about an emergency in Butte County. First responders and public service agencies provide emergency information in several ways.