National Preparedness Month in September serves as another good reminder that readiness for natural disasters is critically important every day.
Week 1: Family - Disaster preparedness starts with personal preparedness for you and your family. For Preparedness Month 2015, the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response plans to focus on communities of preparedness. The PrepareAthon is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and national level exercises conducted each fall and spring. To see a full list of our partners and their National Preparedness Month activities visit our partnership resources. The 6.0 Napa earthquake last August was a wake-up call for many California families and businesses to take earthquake plans seriously. During Earthquake Preparedness Month in April, PG&E reminds customers how important it is to be ready to help reduce the possibility of injuries and damage to property that may occur during a quake. PG&E and its customers have benefitted from major advancements in infrastructure, technology and preparedness to make its systems and the communities it serves more resilient to earthquakes.


Throughout September, CDC and more than 3000 organizations—national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations—will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action. We will talk about incorporating unique needs into emergency preparedness to ensure that the needs of the entire family are included in preparedness plans. Prepare and maintain an emergency preparedness kit with enough supplies on hand to be self-sufficient for at least three days, and preferably up to one week.
Final 4 Days: Online - We will highlight the importance of sharing preparedness resources with your online social media community (social networks, apps, texting).
Visit CDC’s National Preparedness Month webpage for links to all of our National Preparedness Month content.
The focus will be community resilience and preparedness on a neighborhood and community level.
We test our systems, procedures and people regularly to make sure we’re ready to respond to natural disasters immediately, and we encourage our customers to develop and test their emergency response plans as well,” said Barry Anderson vice president of emergency preparedness and operations for PG&E. PrepareAthon messages will focus on specific hazards this fall: winter weather, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and flooding.


By planning and practicing what to do, you can condition yourself and your family to react appropriately when an earthquake or other emergency occurs.
Throughout National Preparedness Month we will be working with multiple organizations across the country to promote our multiple communities of preparedness. PG&E is sharing preparedness information with customers, especially for natural disasters that are more common to Northern and Central California, such as earthquakes, wildfires and winter storms.
To ensure PG&E’s preparedness for catastrophic events, the utility routinely conducts exercises focused on strengthening its emergency response and coordination between employees, first responders and the communities it serves.



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