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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH (NPM)

“BE DISASTER AWARE, TAKE ACTION TO PREPARE”

Will County is proud to support National Preparedness Month (NPM).  This years campaign “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”.  The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness:  Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. 

 

The Weekly Themes for NPM include:

  • Week 1 – How To…Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.
  • Week 2 – Know How To plan for specific needs before a Disaster.
    • Monday, 9/8: Youth and Children, and Colleges and Universities
    • Tuesday, 9/9: Tribal Audiences
    • Wednesday, 9/10: Business
    • Thursday, 9/11: First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS, Nurses, and Public Utility etc.)
    • Friday, 9/12: Organizations (Faith-based, voluntary and state/local/tribal)
    • Saturday, 9/13: Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs and Older Americans
    • Sunday, 9/14 Pets/animals
  • Week 3 – How To…Build an Emergency Kit
  • Week 4 & 5 – How To…Practice for an emergency.

 

To help you and your family prepare for emergencies, check out these web resources:

www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan

www.ready.gov/publications

www.ready.gov/prepare

 

Follow our NPM posts on Facebook at Will County Emergency Management Agency.


COOLING CENTERS IN WILL COUNTY…

When prolong periods of hot and humid weather conditions occur, a number of options exist if a resident needs to seek comfort from these extreme conditions.  These include:

  • Relocate to a friend or relative’s residence.
  • Visit malls, movie theaters, libraries, and other similar facilities open to the public for reasonable lengths of time.
  • Visit one of the Cooling Centers that may already be in operation.  Be sure to call ahead before going to the Cooling Center to ensure it is open.

RESOLVE TO BE READY: #PREPARED2014

prepare 2014

This year’s Resolve to Be Ready campaign focuses on ‘Family Connection’ to reinforce the importance of parents including their children in preparedness conversations in advance of potential disasters. The Ready campaign makes and emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by recommending families consider these three ideas when making a plan: who to call, where to meet, and what to pack.

The campaign includes age-appropriate tools and resources to introduce conversations about disaster preparedness to children on www.ready.gov/kids, including a downloadable family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists, and guidelines on how to make preparedness a year-round family activity. Additional templates are available on this website under the Preparedness tab. Check out the materials that you can use in your community to get families prepared in 2014.

facebookWILL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FACEBOOK PAGE

Do you ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook? If not, you should check us out. For those of you who ‘LIKE’ us we’ve made some recent changes. LIKE us at ‘Will County Emergency Management Agency’ will provide you a great source of information before, during, and after an emergency.

In 2014 we welcome our new page ‘Will County Alerts’, we have moved our automated posts of severe weather advisories, watches, and warning from the National Weather Service for Will County to this page. Additionally other larger scale emergency information will begin to be posted on this page. LIKE us at ‘Will County Alerts’. Remember nothing replaces a NOAA Weather Radio; this is another tool for us to help provide emergency information to the public.