The month of September is recognized as National Preparedness Month to help promote family and community disaster preparedness for now and throughout the year. Here in Alabama, we have multiple natural disaster threats that we should be prepared for such as tornadoes, hurricanes, winter weather, and cold/flu season. On top of these potential disasters, we continue to respond to COVID-19 and there is no better time to be involved in preparedness than this coming September.
Here are some things that you can do to make sure you and your family are prepared:
- Be Informed:
Have multiple ways to receive emergency alerts. There are multiple options to receive alerts:NOAA Weather Radios, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), and Calhoun County offers a FREE text alert service. To sign up text Calhoun EMA to 888-777. For more specific updates about COVID-19 you can text CALCOVID to 888-777.
- Create A Plan:
If you do not have one, create an emergency plan for your family. Talk to your family about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster. Make sure all plans are up-to-date regarding new guidelines for COVID-19. Visit cdc.gov
- Take Action:
After an emergency or storm you may be without power for several days. Gather supplies such as food, water, and first aid kit, etc. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
“Relationships, Resources, Resilience”
Michael S. Barton Director
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY CALHOUN COUNTY, ALABAMA
507 Francis St. W. – Jacksonville, AL 36265
Phone (256) 435-0540 –Fax (256) 435-0556
For more details on building an emergency kit visit:
http://www.calhounema.org/home-preparednessMore preparedness tips can be found on our website at www.calhounema.organd on our social media sites www.facebook.com/CalhounCountyEMA/, www.twitter.com/BeReadyCalhoun, and www.instagram.com/bereadycalhoun/