September Is National Preparedness Month: “Pledge To Prepare”

By Staff Reports

(Hesperia)- – The recent earthquake swarm in Imperial County is a good reminder for all of us to always be prepared for a disaster.  Coincidentally, September marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month (NPM).

Fires, floods and earthquakes have common results – the ability to overwhelm local emergency response personnel and limit access to basic resources such as food, water and medical supplies.  Rather than compete for limited emergency assistance and supplies during a disaster, individuals, families and neighborhoods should plan to provide for their own basic emergency needs, utilizing stockpiled supplies in addition to their normal household resources until assistance becomes available.

Preparedness is key. To help residents be pro-active in this endeavor, the City of Hesperia is offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes free of charge to the community. The next classes will be held September 20, 21 and 22; for more information, contact bbennington@cityofhesperia.us.

In addition to the CERT classes, the City, in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department and the Hesperia Recreation and Park District, is hosting a Free Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, October 27 from noon – 5:00 pm. Fun for all ages, the Safety Fair will feature Heath and Safety booths, a Costume Parade, Fire and Police equipment on display, Face Painting, Bounce-houses and much more!

National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign, a nationwide effort designed to increase multi-hazard awareness, encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to plan to be self- sufficient in the event of emergencies.  Jurisdictions throughout the County are providing the opportunity for their communities to “Get a kit, make a plan, get involved, and be informed”.

Residents interested in making a “Pledge to Prepare” can also visit the ReadyCampaign and National Preparedness Month at www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.  To obtain more preparedness activity information, contact your city or the San Bernardino County Fire Department/Office of Emergency Services at (909) 356-3998.

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