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National Preparedness Month Fair This Saturday In Clifton

By on September 27, 2013

CLIFTON, NJSeptember is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the City of Clifton has committed to participate in National Preparedness to increase preparedness throughout the U.S.  National Preparedness is a nationwide movement that is celebrating its ninth year of existence and is a month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps.  These events encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

The Clifton Health Department is participating by hosting a National Preparedness Month fair on Saturday, 9/28/2013 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Clifton Senior Citizen Center (next to the Animal Shelter).  It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters.  Everyone can become more prepared.  We are all able to learn something new that may help us or our neighbors in an emergency.  We’ve seen tornados, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.

Police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster.  The most important step you can take is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.  This September, please prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to supermarket, or local services.

In order to be prepared you can start with four important steps:
1. 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
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency
3. Build an emergency supply kit
4. Get involved

Even if you think you are prepared you could always learn something new that may save a life one day.  Please come out and join us while we all increase our preparedness knowledge in a fun and family oriented way.  This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.