Okmulgee, Okla. -- September is National Preparedness Month, a good time for all Okmulgee County citizens to take advantage of resources that are available to help prepare for the next disaster or emergency.
Okmulgee County Emergency Management (OCEM) urges citizens to be prepared to be self-reliant during an emergency for at least three days (if not more) without utilities and electricity, water service, fuel, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.
Preparing can start with four steps:
1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
3. Build an emergency supply kit.
4. Get involved.
To assist with these efforts, OCEM will be sharing planning resources on the Okmulgee County Emergency Management page (http://www.okmulgeecountyem.com/) and be sure to LIKE US and SHARE the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/okmcoem) throughout the month. The information should be shared with family, friends and community organizations.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year's National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.
Preparedness information will also be posted at http://www.ready.gov/
Information is also available at 1-800-BE-READY (1-800-237-3239), 1-888-SE-LISTO or TTY 1-800-462-7585.
For more information from on State of Oklahoma preparedness, visit http://www.ok.gov/OEM/