As we move forward with National Preparedness Month, the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (CCOEM), along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working to raise the awareness levels in Citizens’ minds about disaster preparedness and safety in general. CCOEM will send and post information about emergency preparedness to an array of audiences, including local communities throughout the month.
Follow #NatlPrep, #YouthPrep, #PrepareAthon, #CERT, @NationalService, @ServeDotGov, #911Day, and @CuyahogaOEM (on Twitter) and /CuyahogaOEM (on Facebook) for more information. Attached are some materials that communities are encouraged to share with their residents. I have attached two At-A-Glance Factsheets (one on generator safety and the other on volunteering), a two page fact sheet on the Independent Study class that center around Community Preparedness (IS909), and a factsheet/flyer on CERT and what they do. The materials are suitable for posting or publishing.
The theme for the third week of National Preparedness Month is “Preparing Through Service.” This week really embraces the Whole Community mentality. It is important to think about the following, and plan in advance of a, disaster or incident and how . Here are some ideas to get people thinking.
- Understand the importance of community preparedness.
- Get involved with your community organization or plan with your neighbors.
- Highlight local Preparedness efforts within your community.
- Celebrate first responders.
- Celebrate emergency-focused organizations who serve communities.
Also CCOEM will host a preparedness event at the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center located at 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmstead, OH, on September 17, 2016 from Noon- 3pm. The event will provide citizens with information on how to better prepare for emergencies within their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. Several organizations will be on hand, including: WKYC, Cleveland Metroparks, the National Weather Service the Cuyahoga County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Citizen Corp, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.