The Mohave County Board of Supervisors proclaimed September as County Preparedness Month at their September 6, 2016 meeting. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sponsored the observance of National Preparedness Month each September since 2004. . In recent years, Mohave County has also designated September as County Preparedness Month in an effort to promote preparedness actions by all citizens of the county.
The Emergency Management Division supports FEMA’s concept of whole community preparedness. In any large disaster, emergency services will be overstretched and possibly overwhelmed. By being prepared in advance, families, individuals, and businesses can help themselves and all citizens stay safe and healthy in the event of a major emergency that disrupts essential services and prevents immediate or short-term assistance.
The FEMA www.ready.gov website has comprehensive information on how to prepare for all emergencies, including building emergency kits and developing a family plan. The basic emergency preparedness steps are:
· Get a Kit of Emergency Supplies
· Make a Plan For What You Will Do in an Emergency
· Be Informed About What Might Happen
· Get Involved in Preparing Your Community
Emergency Management Coordinator Byron Steward said “It makes sense to be aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards wherever you happen to be and be prepared to act to protect your family and yourself. All emergency services agencies in the county are working hard to be prepared for any emergency, but they need the help of every citizen to make the whole community of Mohave County safer and better prepared. Each individual is essential; each individual’s effort makes everyone stronger and safer.”
Mohave County has experienced flash flooding, wildfires, power and water supply outages, heat emergencies, windstorms, and hazardous materials incidents and could potentially be impacted by active shooter incidents, California earthquakes, and other events.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Mohave County Emergency Management Coordinator Byron Steward, 928-757-0930, email@example.com .