September is National Preparedness Month; there are many things that we can do as individuals, families, government entities and businesses, to make sure we are prepared for a disaster.
In Pembina County we are susceptible to many forms of natural disasters, ice storms, blizzards, and over abundant amounts of snow during our long winter months causing power outages, blocked roads and stranded citizens. Summer Storms including tornados, straight line winds, hail and flooding that can cause these same problems. Manmade disasters also can affect us, hazardous materials releases from fixed site facilities or over the road accidents.
We all stand to lose so much, let’s use September 2012, to prepare more!
A few tips to share;
Make a family plan: In your plan make sure that you have an out of the area contact point for your family. Everyone can call this number to report where and how they are, give the contact person messages for other members of the family or receive messages from others.
Make a city plan: Know your blind intersections, have signage on hand, learn from others.
Make a county plan: Know how to communicate when all communications may be down. Know the routes that must be kept open.
Make a business plan: Make sure that your accounts receivable records are backed up in a secure location.
If you would like further information on Pembina County plans, please contact; Jill Pedersen at Pembina County Office of Emergency Management, 265-4849
For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit www.nd.gov/des/get/preparedness-month or call 1-800-BE-READY, TTY 1-800-462-7585
Go to the Emergency Service page to print out the Family Plan and for information on Preparedness Kits for your vehicle and home.