National Preparedness Month (NPM)

August 19, 2013

This September: You Can Be the Hero

This September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Marysville Police Department has committed to participate in National Preparedness to increase preparedness throughout the U.S. The event, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. Marysville Police Department is participating this year by conducting a Build-a-Kit Workshop, at 6:00 p.m. on September 10th, 2013 in the Marysville City Council Chambers, 526 C. Street, Marysville.

One of NPM’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with four important steps:

  1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency

  2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency

  3. Build an emergency supply kit

  4. Get involved

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. Preparedness information and events will be posted here.

Civilian Investigator L. Cummings of the Marysville Police Department will, once again, be conducting this preparedness workshop. What goes into a three day emergency kit, who needs one, how to build it, where to find what you need on a budget, and where to keep your kit will be presented. The event is free to the community.

This is the second year Marysville Police Department has participated in NPM. To reserve a seat please email lcummings@marysvillepd.org with your name, phone number and the number of people in your group by September 6th. Seating is limited.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit the Fema Community website or call 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585.

Contact: Civilian Investigator L. Cummings, lcummings@marysvillepd.org