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September is National Preparedness Month (NPM)

Stearns County Emergency Management Participating in September’s National Preparedness Month (NPM)

This September you can be the Hero

This September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). 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. Stearns 
County Emergency Management has committed to participate in National Preparedness to encourage readiness throughout 
Stearns County. Stearns County 
Emergency Management will have preparedness displays at the 
Stearns County Administration Building and the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park.

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:

• 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.

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

• Build an emergency supply kit.

• 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 to make an emergency preparedness plan.

“An essential step in ensuring our community’s ability to recover from any type of threat or hazard starts with individual preparedness,” said Erin Hausauer, Director of Stearns County Emergency Management. “It is important that each of us takes some time to put together an emergency kit and communications plan for letting our families know we are safe. Ready.gov, provides excellent resources for individuals and families to take the next step towards preparedness.”

This is the fourth year Stearns County Emergency Management has participated in NPM.

For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit www.co.stearns.mn.us .

Stearns County Emergency Management is responsible for development of community-based plans and programs to maintain a state of readiness to meet natural, man-made, and technological disasters on a local or countywide basis.