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September is National Preparedness Month

Public Informational Meetings Set

September 11, 2012
Submitted by Tama County Emergency Management , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The message for National Preparedness Month is a simple one that affects each citizen by minimizing the impact of large events. Please help spread the word on these simple steps:

Be informed. Know the hazards and risks in your area.

Make a family emergency plan, so you know how you would communicate with and find your loved ones if a disaster hit.

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Build an emergency supply kit both at home and in the car that includes water, food and first aid supplies to help you survive if you lose power or get stranded in your car.

This is especially important for dealing with icy roads and snowstorms this winter.

Get Involved - Be an advocate and educator for safety and emergency preparedness within your community (Specifically Tama County CERT).

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Upcoming Tama Co. Emergency

Management

Informational Sessions

Sept. 13- Tama Co. Board of Supervisors meeting room, Tama Co., Administration Building, 104 W. State, Toledo- 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sept. 19- Garwin Fire Station - 4-8 p.m.

Sept. 20-, Board of?Supervisors meeting room - 8-10 a.m.

Free preparedness resources, such as a Family Emergency Plan template and an Emergency Supply Kit Checklist are just a click away at and can be found on Ready.gov or .Listo.gov. The Ready Web site also has a special section for kids, ages 8-12, (Ready Kids) and for owner operators of small- to medium-sized businesses (Ready Business).

The Tama County Emergency Management Agency and the Tama County 911 Service are hosting several community open house / education sessions in celebration of National Preparedness Month. These sessions will cover topics including: Tama County Emergency Management Agency; Tama County E-911; How and when to call 911; What information 911 dispatchers will need when you call; How to be prepared in your own home or business; Tama County's CodeRED system; How to register for CodeRED; Information on how to volunteer with the county or with your local fire / ems; Information on Tama County CERT; Information on how to join Tama County CERT.

Each Friday in September at 6 p.m. plan on doing the appropriate week's natural hazard drill in your home or office, followed by a family discussion on the Emergency Preparedness topics of the week (assemble kits if appropriate).

National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies throughout the year.

September Fridays:

7 Tornado drill & Create or Update Family Emergency Plan

14 Fire drill & Get or Make an Emergency Kit

21 Flood drill & Create or Update School and Workplace

Emergency Plan

28 Severe Winter Weather drill & Get or Make Automobile Safety Kit

29 - Special Bonus Earthquake drill & Create or Update Your family Animals in Disasters Plan

Upcoming Tama Co. Emergency Management Informational Sessions

Sept. 13- Tama Co. Board of Supervisors meeting room, Tama Co., Administration Building, 104 W. State, Toledo- 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sept. 19- Garwin Fire Station - 4-8 p.m.

Sept. 20-, Board of?Supervisors meeting room - 8-10 a.m.

 
 

 

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