September is National Preparedness Month

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 08:48

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2011
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
(509) 334-0802

September is National Preparedness Month
This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.

Pullman, WA – This September, our nation will mark the ten year anniversary of 9/11, remembering those lost, honoring our first responders, and renewing our commitment to prepare and plan for emergencies. September is also National Preparedness Month (NPM), founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S.  The event is a nationwide effort encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

The Pullman Police Department will be providing emergency preparedness tools and resources on our website, www.pullman-wa.gov/police; just click on “Emergency Preparedness” tab on the menu on the left side of your screen.  Preparedness information is also posted on Ready.gov.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month 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.

One of NPM’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with three important steps:

  1. Get an emergency supply kit.
  2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
  3. 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.

The Pullman Police and Fire Departments encourage our community to be better prepared and invite community members to join us in this effort.  For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov.

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