Thursday, August 28, 2014

City to Host National Preparedness Month Outreach Event

The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is partnering with Target this September to support National Preparedness Month by hosting an outreach event. The event will take place at the Forest Hill Target – 7107 Forest Hill Avenue on Saturday, September 13th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and the public is strongly encouraged to attend.

Event attendees will receive preparedness information from the Richmond Police Department, Richmond Fire Department, Richmond Sheriff’s Office, 911-Communications, Richmond Ambulance Authority and the American Red Cross. Multiple giveaways will be distributed at the event along with free food. Event attendees can join in the nationwide preparedness conversation by tagging images they post on social media with #NatlPrep.

Sponsored annually by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. This year’s preparedness slogan is ‘Be Disaster Aware and Take Action to Prepare’.

“Being prepared for an emergency is a shared responsibility. The City, through our Office of Emergency Management, encourages all residents to use September to truly prepare themselves, their neighbors and their community for emergencies,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I hope residents attend the September 13 event to become informed about the types of hazards that can occur in Richmond and the appropriate way to respond.”

“Emergencies happen and we want to encourage all residents to be prepared for when, not if, the next emergency will impact the city. Don’t wait for an emergency to be prepared,” said Anthony McLean, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Richmond Office of Emergency Management.

Increasing your resiliency can be kick-started by visiting the OEM website and downloading a citizen emergency preparedness guide, emergency kit checklists, and obtaining information on how to get involved locally.