DOH Leon recognizes National Preparedness Month in September
DOH Leon observes National Preparedness Month
Tallahassee, Florida. – The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) joins local, state and federal emergency response partners in observing National Preparedness Month. The US Department of Homeland Security has designated September as National Preparedness Month to raise awareness of the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could strike at any time. In Leon County and across the country, this year’s campaign focuses on the importance of planning with the theme “A Lasting Legacy: Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.”
“We encourage everyone to be proactive; there are many steps people can take to increase their readiness,” said Brandi Knight, MPH, DOH Leon Health Administrator. “Take steps such as signing up for local alerts on your smartphone, backing up and documenting your valuables and important papers, developing an emergency communication and evacuation plan, and Creating an emergency supply kit can go a long way in preparing for any situation.”
Some items you may want to include in your emergency supply kit are:
- Water (at least one gallon per day per person);
- Non-perishable packaged or canned food (enough for at least 3-7 days);
- Any necessary medication (enough for two weeks);
- Written instructions for care and medication (including medication dosages, a list of medical devices you use, and a list of your doctors);
- First aid kit;
- Flashlights with extra batteries;
- Pet care items (including any pet medication); and
- Other important documents (kept in a waterproof container).
DOH Leon supports all emergency preparedness efforts of our key Leon County government partners. “We work year-round with local, state and federal partners to prepare our community for disasters,” said Kevin Peters, Leon County Emergency Management Director. “But it is important that families also have a plan. Individuals can prepare by planning ahead, building a disaster supply bucket, and staying informed by signing up to receive Leon County emergency alerts.
To help Leon County citizens prepare for disasters, the county released the 2022 Disaster Survival Guide and launched the Leon Ready webpage, a resource center to help individuals, their families, and their neighborhoods prepare. to disasters. Pick up a copy of The Disaster Survival Guide at the nearest Leon County Public Library.
Plus, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has resources to help you and your family stay prepared in the event of a disaster: Get a Plan!