updated: Sep 16, 2013, 10:27 AM
Source: Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
FEMA Releases Preparedness-In-America Study @ www.sbcoem.org
In keeping with this month's National Preparedness theme, OEM is forwarding this study to the Santa Barbara community.
The study highlights many national trends where it concerns citizen preparedness and gives some useful insights in keeping with preparedness in general.
"As disasters continue to impact our Nation, the role of individuals and the importance of engaging all sectors in reducing the impact of disasters has become increasingly evident."
The Study can be found at:
Residents are encouraged to always be prepared, and are reminded of the three-step process published by OEM on September 4th:
Step 1: Pledge to Prepare
The first step to getting involved is to register as a coalition member at Ready.gov/pledge. Members will have access to the online community, resources and tools available to help get you and your family prepared for an emergency.
Step 2: Take a Free Online Preparedness Course
Developed in partnership with the Emergency Management Institute and in consultation with faith-based and community partners, FEMA's "IS-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone" training course will introduce you to a program for promoting individual and community preparedness through simple and engaging activities. The course is free, available online and is designed for anyone to use in coordination with your local emergency preparedness partners.
Step 3: Implement Simple Preparedness Activities
FEMA has made available to the public, free training and resources to help you and your family to take action and implement simple preparedness activities. Some of the simple activities include:
• Creating a no-cost or low-cost disaster kit;
• Preparing for utility outages; and
• How to use a fire extinguisher.
Remember that September is National Preparedness Month and the County of Santa Barbara is joining the nationwide effort to encourage individuals, families, businesses and organizations to prepare for emergencies by getting a kit, making a plan, staying informed and getting involved in their local community.
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