Join us in celebrating National Preparedness Month (NPM)! (Sep 6, 2017)
"Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."
Throughout September, MVWD and more than 3,000 organizations--national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations--will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action.
This year's National Preparedness Month campaign focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere without notice. Households, businesses and organizations should prepare in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities, electricity, or water, without access to a supermarket or local services or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.
Preparing can start with three important steps:
- Get an emergency supply kit
- Make a plan for what to do in an emergency
- Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
We should all take action to prepare. We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes -- where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.