Preparing ahead of time for emergencies could mean the difference between life and death, the difference between a calamity and a tragedy.
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September is National Preparedness Month, hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Ready” campaign. The city of Santa Clarita is holding two informational workshops to help residents make plans for potential disasters and encouraging families to review and update emergency plans. These should include an evacuation route out of the home, out of state contacts, a designated meeting place and a minimum of three days of supplies.
“Being prepared in advance of disasters is more important than ever. This month-long effort is designed to turn awareness into action by encouraging residents to make an emergency preparedness plan,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “We want to provide community members with resources, tips and information so residents can be self-reliant during emergencies.”
The first emergency preparedness class kicks off with a “Weather Spotter Training and Recruitment” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Century Room at City Hall.
Hosted by the National Weather Service, this free session will offer an insider’s look at forecasting weather patterns and provide examples of severe weather condition reports. No RSVP is required.
Residents can also learn how toprepare their pets by attending a free workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library.
During the “Take Care of the Entire Family – A Pet Preparedness Workshop,” animal experts will explain the best practices for keeping pets safe during an emergency. The session will also include pet supplies and tips so participants can assemble an emergency kit complete with food, water, plastic bags, a first-aid supplies, a pet photo, leash, collar, medications, immunization and vet records. Door prizes and giveaways will be featured at this event. No RSVP is required.
September is a reminder month but the city staff want to encourage residents to always be prepared. Visit the city’s Emergency Management page for suggestions, toolkits and various resources in order to prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies. Additional information can also be found at Ready.gov.
For questions about the “Weather Spotter Training and Recruitment,” contact meteorologist Joe Sirard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about National Preparedness Month or Santa Clarita’s emergency resources, contact Donna Nuzzi at 661-250-3721.
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Source: Santa Clarita News