September Declared National Preparedness Month


Category: Emergency Services County Council

Brian LeCates, Director of Emergency Services and Geneva Schaffle, Division Chief, Emergency Management, accepted a proclamation recognizing September as National Preparedness Month. The proclamation encourages Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools, and aims to increase public awareness concerning the importance of preparing for emergencies.

“We are approaching hurricane season, and this week has been very active, so we thought it was a great time to remind the community the importance of preparedness,” mentioned Schaffle. “Our county works really hard with all of our stakeholders to prepare all year long…but there are a couple of things people can do to be prepared.”

The Department of Emergency Services (DES) reminds citizens to visit for a list of resources related to manmade and natural hazards, to sign up for weather and other local emergency alerts at, and to check out the DES website for preparedness materials.

In addition, Planning and Zoning maintains the Community Rating System (CRS), which provides residents discount premium insurance rates on flood insurance. “This is also the time to pull out your insurance policies, know what is in your insurance policy and make sure you are prepared for our storm season as we come to a peak here in September,” said Schaffle.

DES will also host a seven-week Community Disaster Response Course. Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) provides basic emergency response training, preparedness education, and strategies to help you and your community become more resilient in the event of a disaster. Schaffle noted that there are three spots left in the upcoming course.

“An informed community is a strong community,” said Clay Stamp, County Manager. “The key is to connect with Emergency Services today, on a sunny day, so that when the storm clouds come in, you are connected and get timely information and we can respond to help.”

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