Mohave County Participates in National Preparedness MonthMohave County’s Emergency Management Team (EMT) is constantly preparing for a variety of natural and man-made disasters.  “Our county is subject to an assortment of possible disasters such as flooding, windstorms, power outages, and hazardous material incidents to name a few,” Supervisor Buster Johnson stated.  To engage the citizens of Mohave County in these preparations, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors and the County’s EMT have partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to proclaim September as County Preparedness Month.  “Citizens need to be made aware of what steps they can take to prepare for these types of emergencies,” Johnson stated.  “Being informed about different emergencies and how they may affect individuals and communities is an important part of ensuring everyone’s safety,” Johnson continued.  During the month of September, the county’s EMT and Public Health Department sent out e-mails with suggestions on preparedness measures for specific types of emergency events.  According to Emergency Management Coordinator Byron Steward, travel safety is extremely important especially during Mohave County’s monsoon season.  “During monsoon months, a storm can hit with very little warning so it is important for individuals to monitor local radio stations or NOAA radio for weather alerts,” Steward stated. Along with travel safety, being prepared for long-term power outages is also an important topic that needs to be addressed.  “The recent monsoon storms in the Lake Havasu City and Yucca areas prove how important emergency preparation is,” Johnson said.  “There were several households without power for more than twenty-four hours.  Having flashlights, batteries, and water on hand should be in a family’s preparedness kit just in case a disaster strikes,” Johnson continued. Since taking office, Supervisor Johnson has played in active role in the county’s emergency management preparations.  “I have been pushing the county to look into using additional funds currently in the county’s TV District to help fund an emergency communication system,” Johnson explained.  “This system could be used to communicate with citizens in the event of a natural disaster,” Johnson continued. For more information on National Preparedness Month, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/september

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