September is National Preparedness Month
The City of Evanston is encouraging residents to prepare for disasters and emergencies as part of National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign to promote emergency preparedness. This year's theme is: "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How."
National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind residents to take actions to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies now and throughout the year, including:
- Signing Up for EvanstonAlerts Emergency Notifications. The City of Evanston uses the EvanstonAlerts emergency notification system to alert community members about imminent threats to health and safety. Community members can visit cityofevanston.org/alerts or call/text 847-448-4311 to sign up to receive text message, email and phone alerts for multiple locations, such as their home, workplace, and school, to receive notifications relevant to them.
- Planning Ahead. Planning ahead can save lives and help communities recover faster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends families create a communications plan and set up a 72-hour emergency supply kit. Templates on how to make family emergency plans, communication plans and sample supply kits are available at ready.gov/make-a-plan.
- Get Involved. The City of Evanston hosts a volunteer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to help the City prepare for and respond to any general or health-specific emergency. More information about both CERT and MRC are available at cityofevanston.org/prepare.
As part of National Preparedness Month, FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has planned a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 1:18 p.m. CDT. Community members with cell phones connected to a wireless provider participating in WEA will be sent a test message with the header, "Presidential Alert." This test was previously scheduled for September 20, but was rescheduled due to ongoing response to Hurricane Florence.
For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311 or simply dial 3-1-1 while in Evanston.