ANAHEIM, Calif. (September 3, 2015) - September is National Preparedness Month and Anaheim Fire & Rescue wants residents to be ready in the event of a disaster or major emergency. This year’s theme, “Don’t Wait. Communicate” encourages residents to make their emergency plan today and practice it on a regular basis. Preparedness involves having a plan, communicating with family and co-workers and building an emergency kit before an emergency strikes.
Each week in September, Anaheim Fire & Rescue will highlight one aspect of being prepared through digital media tools. Residents are encouraged to “like” Anaheim Fire & Rescue and the City of Anaheim on Facebook, and follow on Twitter (@AnaheimFire and @City_of_Anaheim) with #NatlPrep to receive the simple suggestions that can help prepare you in the event of an emergency.
“By taking simple steps to connect, plan, build and practice, one can establish the foundation for emergency preparedness,” said Fire Chief Randy Bruegman. “Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes everyone working together to be as self-reliant as possible. In the event of a major emergency, the first level of response is from within your home or workplace.”
The first week of September focuses on the impacts of flood waters. “In the event of a flood watch or warning alert, it’s important to know what to do before, during and after a flood,” said Battalion Chief Tim Adams who leads Fire’s Emergency Management and Preparedness section. “Six inches of moving water can knock you down, and two feet of water can sweep you away. Remember the rule – Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
The following weeks will focus on wildland fire preparedness, developing an emergency plan and efforts to take in the event of a major power outage; the month culminates on September 30th in recognition of National PrepAthon! Day. To learn more about National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov/community.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue also offers more advanced training through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Information regarding specific elements of emergency preparedness can be found at available at www.anaheim.net/fire.