National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each year in September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare themselves, their communities, homes, businesses, schools and houses of worship for emergencies.
Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month has served as a reminder of the importance of being prepared in advance for disasters, both on an individual and a community level. The overarching theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month is “Disasters Happen. Plan Now. Learn How.”
According to a recent survey conducted by the County Office of Emergency Services in late 2017, only half of San Diego County residents are prepared to evacuate their homes within 15 minutes and only 38 percent have an emergency plan.
Are you and your family prepared for a future disaster?
Here are some steps you can take today to plan ahead and be Ready for disasters: