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 Tama County EMA and 911 will host several open house / informational sessions: *The First Session will be at the Traer Fire Station on 16 September 2013 from 6:00pm till 8:00pm. *The Second Session will be at the Tama County Board of Supervisors Chambers on 17 September 2013 from 4:00pm till 7:00pm. *The Third Session will be at the Gladbrook Movie Theater on 18 September 2013 from 6:00pm till 8:00pm. *The Fourth Session will be at the Tama County Board of Supervisors Chambers on 20 September 2013 from 11:00am till 1:00pm. *The Fifth Session will be at the Chelsea Fire Station on 20 September 2013 from 4:00pm till 8:00pm. *The Sixth Session will be at the Tama County Board of Supervisors Chambers on 24 September 2013 from 8:00am till 10:00am. *The Seventh Session will be at the Clutier Fire Station on 25 September 2013 from 6:00pm till 8:00pm Beverages will be available. All sessions will cover the same information; the only difference will be the location/time. Each Friday in September at 6:00pm please plan on doing the appropriate week’s natural hazard drill in your home or office; followed by a family discussion on the Emergency Preparedness topics of the week (assemble kits if appropriate). National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies throughout the year.
September Fridays: 6 – Tornado drill & Create or Update Family Emergency Plan 13 – Fire drill & Get or Make an Emergency Kit 20 – Flood drill & Create or Update School and Workplace Emergency Plan 27 – Severe Winter Weather drill & Get or Make Automobile Safety Kit