Richland Public Health is reminding county residents to be prepared.

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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. All individuals should take time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, and check insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The devastating hurricanes of 2017 and wildfires of 2018 have reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters.  Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

The website is an excellent tool for preparedness information with information and links to additional resources. There you’ll find information on how to make a disaster or emergency plan.

Richland Public Health also has ample amounts of local disaster information at our emergency preparedness page. It’s located under the “Your Home” link at (click here). There, you will find a folder with more than 50 downloadable PDF documents from the American Public Health Association (APHA) covering a variety of Emergency Preparedness issues.

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