SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH: DISASTERS DON’T WAIT. MAKE YOUR PLAN TODAY.September 14th, 2020
September 10, 2020
Contact: Tia Rancourt FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Education/Information Officer
North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH: DISASTERS DON’T WAIT.
MAKE YOUR PLAN TODAY.
National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As we continue to navigate and respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to make preparations.
Being prepared for an emergency includes three basic steps:
1. Make a Plan
2. Assemble a Kit
3. Stay Informed
If you have these three components in place you will be able to navigate an emergency situation much quicker with less stress.
The first step is making a plan. This means making sure your family is well-informed on potential hazards and community plans. Know what to do if your family is not at home when a warning is issued. Some things to consider when developing your Emergency Plan:
Identify potential disasters and how to respond to each
Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries
Know two escape routes from each room in your home
Identify two family meeting places – one near home and one away
Post emergency telephone numbers in a central location
Know what you need to do in the event of an evacuation
Know how to shut off your utility service
Plan for any special needs
Make plans for your pets
The second step is assembling a kit. There are six basic items to include:
Water – a three-day supply, one gallon per person per day
Food – a three-day supply of non-perishable food
First Aid & Supplies
Clothing, bedding, and sanitation supplies
Tools – a partial list may include an emergency preparedness manual, a portable battery-operated radio, flashlight, cash, mess kit/plastic utensils, can opener, signal flare, maps, whistle, matches
Special items – for family members with special needs such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
The third step is to stay informed. There are four ways that safety officials will be notifying the public:
Local media outlets including radio, television, newspapers, and websites
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) which will interrupt the local radio and television broadcasts with emergency alerts and instructions to the public
The Code Red Notification System – this system uses remote computers and telephone lines to relay a recorded message. You must be registered to receive these notifications.
Door to door notifications by first responders and local public safety officials
If evacuation becomes necessary, again the more you are prepared, the quicker you can respond. Have your kit or go bag ready (including documentation of your home inventory and important information) If you are advised to evacuate do so immediately, do not wait. Know your evacuation routes and stay informed.
Some helpful information links:
InciWeb Incident Information System
CAL FIRE Incidents
National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)
Alert Wildfire Cameras
NOAA Satellite & Information Service
USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Nevada State Parks/Lake Tahoe
For more information on Emergency Preparedness visit readywashoe.com.