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News

County recognizes September as National Preparedness Month

Are you prepared for a community disaster? Nationwide poll reveals 41% of Americans are not.

Posted on September 1, 2020 2020Public Safety

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A 2018 nationwide poll by YouGov Omnibus, revealed that while three-quarters of Americans say they are worried about natural disasters or serious incidents affecting their communities, forty-one percent also say they are not prepared.

National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) annual disaster readiness campaign, is intended to promote family and community disaster planning and awareness now and throughout the year.

“Severe winter weather, wildfires and floods have affected Douglas County and our neighboring communities over the past decades,” said County Commissioner and Board Chair Roger Partridge. “As we approach our winter weather season and are still in wildfire season, now is a good time to remind our communities that a few simple steps and shared responsibility for readiness can make a big difference.”

“As our communities also continue to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be prepared should a disaster strike close to home,” said Tim Johnson, Director, Douglas County Office of Emergency Management.

If you do not have a plan or an emergency kit, taking the following steps can create a more orderly and rapid response during a disaster:

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