Del Mar and Solana Beach Declare September as National Preparedness Month
Local city officials are reminding community members to be prepared for an emergency. The Solana Beach City Council on Sept. 11 and the Del Mar City Council on Sept. 16 proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month.
Launched in 2004 and sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month is a national effort that encourages Americans to prepare for home, business and school emergencies. The event aims to provide public awareness concerning emergency preparation, as well as persuade people to take action.
Local fire officials have addressed the public at city council meetings to encourage community members to make a household plan, and assemble a disaster supply kit and go-bag for each family member. Officials recommend those who already have plans and kits to meet with family members to discuss and upgrade their plan and determine what training, equipment and supplies are needed.
In addition to creating a plan and assembling a kit, officials encourage community members to participate in the Community Emergency Response Team program. Program participants complete 24 hours of free training to learn about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Through classroom training and exercises, the program teaches participants how to care for themselves, their family and neighbors should a disaster occur and emergency services are overwhelmed.