LEXINGTON, Ky. (9/13/13) – This month is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and Lexington's Division of Emergency Management is doing everything they can to ensure Lexington residents know how to be prepared for any kind of disaster.
John Bobel is the Public Information Officer for Lexington's Division of Emergency Management. He said this month the division has placed advertisements with media across Lexington that stress being prepared for an emergency. They have also attended local events to give information to the public.
“We want to obviously have as much contact with the public as possible,” said Bobel. “What we do is we stress our four key points of preparedness.”
Those key points are to be aware, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved.
“We want people to be aware of their surroundings, be aware of potential emergencies that could happen anytime or are seasonal,” he said. “We want to make sure they've got a family or personal emergency plan. If you have to evacuate, where are you going to go? If the power goes out, what are you going to do?”
Bobel also advises having an emergency folder with important documents that can be grabbed easily, having an emergency kit, making sure you have at least one gallon of water for each person per day, and having enough resources for pets. He added you should have all the essentials to be self-sustaining for three days.
“There are some things that everybody should have, and there are other things that vary from family to family,” said Bobel. “But, ideally you want to be able to have a bucket, or a tub or a couple backpacks so that if something happens and you have to go, it's not a question of what do we need to put together. It's already there and you've already thought about it.”
He added it's important to be involved with your neighborhood associations and know who your neighbors are.
“If somebody has an issue, a neighbor can reach out and help a friend,” said Bobel. “It's much easier to reach out if you know somebody than if you have no idea who lives across the street from you.”
For more information on how you can be involved, or for other emergency preparedness tips, you can visit www.bereadylexington.com or give them a call at 859-258-3784.
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