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September is National Preparedness Month

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North Texans don't need to be reminded that natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time of the year, or any time of the day or night. That's one of the reasons why this September's National Preparedness Month has taken on particular significance.

Preparedness activities should be shared by all.  None of us can underestimate the importance and value of developing and practicing emergency plans that include a communications strategy and meeting locations.  Everyone should build a three-day disaster preparedness kit for homes and vehicles, the governor added.  

Floods, damaging winds, and power outages pose tremendous challenges to people with special needs like, oxygen, dialysis, or other life-sustaining support.  We should also remember that children, family pets, and seniors, are particularly susceptible to dangers that accompany exposure to extreme weather.

Each week this September incorporates a new theme to help you be better prepared. 

Week 1:  Sept. 1-5
Make a Plan
Week 2:  Sept. 6-12
Build a Kit
Week 3:  Sept. 13-19Prepare for Disasters
Week 4:  Sept. 20-26Teach Youth about Preparedness


For more information about Preparedness Month, visit any of the following websites: 

First, Collin County's Preparedness page offers community members a broad range of local information and advisories. 

The North Central Texas Region also has developed the KnoWhat2do Program to educate residents about hazards in our area, how to prepare for them, and how to act when something happens. And, the Federal Emergency Management Agency hosts www.Ready.gov, and the State of Texas provides excellent resources through the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

For additional information about preparedness in Collin County, please visit our pages, or call 972-548-4383.