September is National Preparedness Month

posted Jun 21, 2018, 9:53 AM by Pueblo RCN   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 8:24 AM ]

Make and Practice Your Plan

Being prepared for a disaster or an emergency is something we plan for and act on throughout the year. But during the month of September, which is also National Preparedness Month, the focus on preparedness takes center stage.

The theme for this year’s Preparedness Month is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now, Learn How.”  Throughout the month, we will be providing facts, tips and instruction on how to ensure you and your family are prepared for any type of emergency or disaster.

This week, the focus is on making an emergency plan and practicing it. Disasters don’t always happen when we are at home. Do you or your family know how to contact one another during or after a disaster? Where will you reunite?  Those are some of the items you should include in your emergency plan. Other suggestions for your plan: How will you receive emergency alerts or warnings? What is your shelter plan? What is your evacuation route?

In preparing your emergency plan, don’t forget to take into consideration those family members with special needs: children, the elderly, non-English speaking, hearing or visually impaired, special medical needs. Do you have pets? Make sure to include them in your plan as well.

Now Create an Emergency Plan, Communicate It and Practice It. Prepare Now, Learn How!

    
       
 

Weather Radios Deliver Alerts

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, has replaced tone alert radios (TARs) with new, state-of-the-art weather radios for select residents and businesses in Eastern Pueblo County. The new radios were delivered directly to homes and businesses in the designated areas.

The new weather radios provide alerts for chemical incidents related to the stockpile at the Pueblo Chemical Depot and also will alert residents of any weather-related event in the area. In the event of an emergency, the radio will sound a tone followed by a voice message giving information and instructions on what should be done.

The existing tone alert radios are still functional and residents are welcome to keep them if they choose.

The new weather radios were purchased through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program was created in 1988 by Congress to enhance the preparedness of communities in the event of an emergency related to the chemical stockpile stored at depots throughout the nation. Pueblo Chemical Depot is one of only two remaining sites that still have a chemical stockpile.

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