2018-09-14 / Viewpoint

‘Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.’

U. S. Army Installation
Management Command

Federal Emergency Management AgencyFederal Emergency Management AgencySeptember is National Preparedness Month, which emphasizes the urgency of being ready for any emergency, from active shooters to wildfires and everything in between.

To assist, the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides resources and tools that include a wide range of emergency planning advice for installations, communities, individuals with disabilities, seniors, tribal governments, parents and children, pet owners and others.

Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, signed a proclamation in support of National Preparedness Month.

“Protection, prevention and awareness programs must be integrated into Family and Soldier readiness programs essential to Family self-reliance, community preparedness and resiliency,” Becker said.

“Each year, emergencies and natural disasters test our readiness and challenge our resolve. Our installations have endured floods, damaging storms and other crises, and it’s important that we take steps to be prepared for any disaster or emergency that comes our way.”

Becker noted that being prepared is critical. “Just a few simple steps can benefit you, your family, and your workplace. In any emergency situation, communication is key. If a disaster strikes while your family is separated by work or school, consider how you plan to stay in contact during an emergency.”

FEMA says the goal of the observance is to increase the overall number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness.

A Preparedness Month National Day of Action will be observed Sept. 15.

Citizens are encouraged to participate in emergency preparedness activities such as learning about the hazards that could threaten an installation or community.

Citizens are encouraged to listen to the news, monitor weather conditions, research local threats, and most importantly, share this information with family, friends and coworkers.

Following are several websites with helpful resources:

• You Are the Help Until Help Arrives: Learn five simple steps that may save a life. https://community.fema.gov/ until-help-arrives

• Wallet-sized Emergency Communication Plan: Download, complete and carry a one-page list of vital data. https:// go.usa.gov/xPc2c

• Be Informed: Advice from the Department of Homeland Security addressing a range of emergency situations. https:// www.ready.gov/be-informed

• Make a Plan: Video shows people with access and functional needs preparing for emergencies. https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=TybjwGLHA88

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