September-National Preparedness Month
September 7, 2012
The message for National Preparedness Month is a simple one that affects each citizen by minimizing the impact of large events. Please help spread the word on these simple steps: * Be informed. Know the hazards and risks in your area. * Make a family emergency plan, so you know how you would communicate with and find your loved ones if a disaster hit. * Build an emergency supply kit – both at home and in the car – that includes water, food and first aid supplies to help you survive if you lose power or get stranded in your car. This is especially important for dealing with icy roads and snowstorms this winter. * Get Involved - Be an advocate and educator for safety and emergency preparedness within your community (Specifically Tama County CERT). Free preparedness resources, such as a Family Emergency Plan template and an Emergency Supply Kit Checklist are just a click away at and can be found on Ready.gov or .Listo.gov. The Ready Web site also has a special section for kids, ages 8-12, (Ready Kids) and for owner –operators of small- to medium-sized businesses (Ready Business). The Tama County Emergency Management Agency and the Tama County 911 Service are hosting several community open house / education sessions in celebration of National Preparedness Month. These sessions will cover topics including: *Tama County Emergency Management Agency *Tama County E-911 *How and when to call 911 *What information 911 dispatchers will need when you call *How to be prepared in your own home or business *Tama County’s CodeRED system *How to register for CodeRED *Information on how to volunteer with the county or with your local fire / ems *Information on Tama County CERT *Information on how to join Tama County CERT The First Session will be at the Traer Fire Station on 5 September 2012 from 4:00pm till 8:00pm. The Second Session will be at the Tama County Board of Supervisors Chambers on 6 September 2012 from 4:00pm till 7:00pm. The Third Session will be at the Gladbrook Movie Theater on 12 September 2012 from 6:00pm till 8:00pm. The Fourth Session will be at the Tama County Board of Supervisors Chambers on 13 September 2012 from 11:00am till 1:00pm. The Fifth Session will be at the Garwin Fire Station on 19 September 2012 from 4:00pm till 8:00pm. The Sixth Session will be at the Tama County Board of Supervisors Chambers on 20 September 2012 from 8:00am till 10:00am. Beverages will be available. All sessions will cover the same information; the only difference will be the location/time.
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