September is Preparedness Month
Posted in the Boyceville Forum
#1 Sep 12, 2011
Remembering and Readiness
This September marked the ten year anniversary of 9/11; we remember those lost, honor our first responders, and renew our commitment to prepare and plan for emergencies. St. Croix County Emergency Management and Public Health are pleased to announce that we are joining the Ready Campaign, founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness throughout all communities in the U.S., and taking a joint active role in helping prepare for emergencies.
What does it mean to be prepared?
FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS AND FAMILIES: It means households have an emergency supply kit so they can be self-reliant for at least three days in case of emergency, and they have a plan for how they will respond and reconnect after an emergency. For information on creating a supply kit and writing a plan, and for more free resources and information www.ready.gov .
And for those with disabilities and special needs, the need to follow these steps is even greater. St. Croix County has plans that address special needs populations and works with dozens of partners to assure that we can locate and assist individuals quickly in a disaster. For information on creating a supply kit and writing a plan, visit the Aging and Disability Resource Center office at the Government Center in Hudson, your local community center or visit www.ready.gov/america/getakit/disabled.html
FOR EMPLOYERS AND BUSINESS GROUPS: Being prepared means employers have planned for how they will survive a disaster: theyve backed up critical information, developed a plan for assisting employees on site, established a call tree to account for employees, and identified back-up sources of power and supplies. Visit www.ready.gov/business for a toolkit that can help you save lives, company assets and your entire business!
FOR SCHOOLS: Being prepared means schools and districts have developed, implemented, and communicated crisis plans. See the U.S. Department of Education's Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center at http://rems.ed.gov . Check with your school-aged children and see if they are aware of the plan in their school and if that plan is practiced. Encourage them to share with you what they would do in an emergency both at school and at home.
FOR ALL: Being prepared means staying informed, knowing how to get information and alerts from local state, tribal, and territorial emergency management agencies, and understanding the specific risks in your community and preparing against them. What types of emergencies are likely to affect our region? St. Croix County will never have a tsunami but ice storms, floods and tornadoes are possible situations.
Were taking steps as an organization to become better prepared and informed, and we urge you to take time to do the same at home and in your community. Meet with community resources such as Citizen Corps ( www.citizencorps.gov/ ) and local first responders to assist with and coordinate planning in your community.
You may also visit the St. Croix County Website ( www.co.saint-croix.wi.us ) during the month of September for more information on being better prepared for emergencies. Thank you from St. Croix County Emergency Management and St. Croix County HHS-Public Health.
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