For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. Sept. 23, 2013. September is National Preparedness Month and Washoe County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is reminding residents what to do to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Each week in September, Washoe County Emergency Management distributes personal preparedness tips to help people make emergency kits, emergency plans, stay informed and get involved.
Next month is also the Great Nevada ShakeOut, part of a national effort to prepare citizens for large earthquakes.
“Nevada is earthquake country, so residents should take the time to do a hazard hunt in their homes and offices,” said Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston. “Look for water heaters, bookshelves and televisions that are not secured to the wall, consider placing childproof latches on your kitchen cabinets, and learn how to shut off the gas, electricity, and water to your home.”
Washoe County is a full participant in the Great Nevada ShakeOut. At 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17, County employees will also “Drop, Cover, and Hold on” to practice how to react during an earthquake. Visit Great Nevada ShakeOut to learn more.
September’s final emergency preparedness tip is to Get Involved:
- Volunteer: There are many volunteer opportunities for citizens interested in supporting emergency response efforts during an incident, including the Washoe County Citizen Corps volunteer groups, such as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Washoe County Medical Reserve Corps and the Northern Nevada Red Cross.
- Be part of the community planning process: the Northern Nevada Access and Functional Needs workgroup reviews plans and provides feedback from the perspective of vulnerable populations in the region. To learn more about the workgroup or to join, email NNAFN@washoecounty.us.
- Participate in preparedness-related trainings: regional training at the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC).
- Online trainings: through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Basic First Aid or CPR: training offered through the Northern Nevada Red Cross.
- Donate blood: United Blood Services.
For more information on getting involved and other emergency tips, visit Washoe County.