Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management, along with other local, state, regional and federal partners will spend September encouraging people to take time to prepare for emergencies and disasters, as part of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month campaign.
“Emergency preparedness is time well spent,” says Patricia Dugger, Director of Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management. “Throughout the year, there are many hazards that can affect the normal course of life here in central Kentucky, like tornadoes, flooding and ice storms. People need to take a little time each week so that when an emergency happens, they can take care of themselves and others, if necessary.”
Each week of National Preparedness Month has a theme and action plan.
- Week 1 – Prepare and know what the likely threats are where you live.
- Week 2 – Make/update a family/personal emergency communications plan.
- Week 3 – Get involved with community preparedness efforts and classes.
- Week 4 – Take personal steps to make sure you’re prepared for emergencies.
- Week 5 – Plan to take action for National Preparathon Day – September 30.
In addition to general preparedness, Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management will emphasize preparedness topics for youth, older adults, persons with disabilities and those with access and functional needs.
Lexington Emergency Management will have displays at many local library branches and YMCA locations. Additionally, DEM will have a booth at the annual Dog Paddle at the Woodland Park Aquatic Center on Saturday, September 10.
More information about local hazards and preparedness is available from the Lexington Emergency management website: BeReadyLexington.com. Updates on National Preparedness Month and local preparedness activities are available on the DEM Facebook page – LexingtonKYEM – and also on Twitter – @lexkyem.