National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors national Preparedness Month 2007. The goal of the month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action.
Throughout September, Homeland Security will work with a wide variety of organizations, including local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to highlight the importance of family emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation.
It's Time to Get Prepared!
Earthquakes, wildfires, flooding, mudslides, and threats of terrorism can all be classified as emergencies or disasters. Living in the greater Orange County area, specifically Los Alamitos, it is easy to believe we wonít be affected by these incidents. We experience fantastic weather for most of the year, we live in a small quaint city, and the majority of the Cityís population has resided here for several years. Because of these positive attributes, it is easy to tell yourself that a disaster wonít happen here or it wonít happen to me. Unfortunately, we are just as likely to experience a disaster here, whether it is an act of Mother Nature or criminal intent, as any place in the county or country. That is the bad news. The good news is that the City of Los Alamitos is taking steps to prepare for a potential disaster or terrorist event.
The City of Los Alamitos has a Disaster Preparedness Team made up of employees from each City department as well as volunteers from the community. The Team meets monthly to discuss issues affecting the City. Through funding, provided by the Department of Homeland Security, the City has purchased specialized equipment and trained first responders to respond to incidents of terrorism. The City is also working with other local jurisdictions to share information and develop improved mitigation plans to enhance emergency preparedness in our community. Because preparation for disasters is vital, the City of Los Alamitos encourages each community member to take the steps necessary to get prepared.
These are some things you can do to prepare and protect your loved ones in the event of a disaster. Below you will find a short list that can make a difference in a major disaster.
The City of Los Alamitos, and its Disaster Preparedness Team is working hard to lessen the impact of a major disaster or terrorist event, but they need your help. During a disaster, it is possible that emergency services will not reach you for hours, even days. Police and Fire responders will be tasked with prioritizing their response based on need and damage to critical City and County infrastructure systems. This can create a feeling of helplessness if you are not prepared. Many times the key to surviving a major disaster comes down to your proactive approach to preparation. Remember, if it can happen anywhere, it can happen here.
September is Preparedness Month
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