September: National Preparedness Month
Recovering from a disaster incident is a real scenario that people encounter every day. As September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), this is a good time to get on the road to prepare for the unexpected.
Preparing for an emergency is easiest when done a little at a time. For example, when at the store, buy a couple of extra cans of your favorite beef stew, tuna, vegetable, or fruit for food storage. Pick up an extra propane canister for your camp stove, or hygiene supplies.
Here is an example of how you can prepare little by little in September:
Week 1, September 1-9 – Make a plan for yourself and your household
As you make your plan, don’t reinvent the wheel. There are many resources online - find what fits your family’s needs and fill in the blanks. A good example can be found at the Be Ready Utah website, utah.gov/beready/family/make-a-plan.html. Other planning ideas include signing up for alerts and warnings, making an evacuation plan, and reviewing your insurance coverage.
Week 2, September 10-16 – Plan to help your neighbor and community
Become a trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member! Sandy Fire Department offers free CERT training to Sandy residents, as well as First Aid/CPR/AED training. Call 801-568-2944 to register. Other ideas include taking “Until Help Arrives” training at community.fema.gov/until-help-arrives, getting to know your neighbors, and contacting utility companies regarding utility safety.
Week 3, September 17-23 – Practice and build out your plans
Make a financial emergency preparedness plan, participate in an emergency drill, and learn how to access resources in the community (food banks, shelters, etc.).
Week 4, September 24-30 – Get involved!
There are so many ways to get involved in the larger community. Attend the monthly Sandy Citizen Corps (2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm at City Hall), where residents discuss and practice emergency preparedness (ex., canning, cooking, disaster sanitation, active shooters, floods, etc). Other ideas include: Helping organize your church, business, or campus towards emergency preparedness.
With 95,000 residents, our first responders will quickly be overwhelmed in a disaster. We will be our own first responders. In honor of National Preparedness Month, spend some time now to ensure a more comfortable recovery for you and your family.
For more information:
Jeff Mulcahy, Sandy City Emergency Manager,
801-568-7279 or firstname.lastname@example.org