The council noted that National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September with the goal of increasing public awareness about the important of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action.
The proclamation by the Mayor and City Council encouraged residents to take steps to prepare for emergencies by having a family emergency plan, getting an emergency supply kit, being informed about local threats and getting involved in community preparedness. The city continually engages in disaster planning, emergency response and sheltering, the proclamation noted.
“When there is a natural dissater it’s often about three days before emergency help is able to get to your homes,” Councilmember Benjamin Goodwin said.
In recognition of this event, the city proclaimed September 2013 as National Preparedness Month.