DOH Leon recognizes National Preparedness Month in September
DOH Leon observes National Preparedness Month
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) joins local, state and federal emergency partners to observe 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 can 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 actions people can take to increase their preparedness,” he said Brandi Knight, MPH, DOH Leon Health Officer. “Steps like signing up for local alerts on your smartphone, securing and documenting your valuables and important papers, developing an emergency communications and evacuation plan, and creating an emergency response 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 to 7 days);
- All necessary medication (enough for two weeks);
- Written instructions for care and medication (including medication dosages, a list of the medical equipment you use and a list of your doctors);
- First aid kit;
- flashlights with extra batteries;
- animal care products (including all veterinary medicines); and
- Other important documents (kept in a watertight container).
DOH Leon supports all of our key partners in the Leon County Government in their emergency preparedness efforts. “We work year-round with local, state, and federal partners to prepare our community for disasters,” he said Kevin Peters, Leon County Emergency Management Director. “But it is also important for families to have a plan. Individuals can prepare by planning, build a disaster reservoir, and stay informed by subscribing 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 website, a center with resources to help individuals, their families and their neighborhoods prepare for disasters . Pick up a copy of the Disaster Survival Guide at the nearest branch of the Leon County Public Library.
Additionally, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has resources you and your family can use to stay prepared in the event of a disaster: Get a Plan!