The City of West Hollywood is inviting community members to attend a free Emergency Preparedness Seminar on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 3 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The seminar is part of National Preparedness Month in September. It will be led by Erik Franco, who is a Department of Homeland Security Instructor, California Police Officer Standards and Training Instructor, and an Emergency Medical, Search and Rescue Technician.
This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is A Lasting Legacy, the Life You Have Built is Worth Protecting. National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to act by creating an emergency preparedness plan with family and neighbors — and don’t forget to include family pets in the plan. An emergency preparedness plan can help everyone to stay safe and effectively communicate during and after potential disasters or emergencies.
The federal government’s website, ready.gov has recommended a step-by-step plan (available in multiple languages) to help prepare for any emergency this month and all year long:
Make A Plan: Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Update your plan based on any emergent viruses such as COVID-19 or Monkeypox.
Build A Kit: Gather enough supplies to last for several days after a disaster for everyone in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly.
Protect Family and Property: Limit the impacts disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards; act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
Teach Youth About Preparedness: Talk to your kids about how to prepare for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
Prepare Your Pets for Disasters: Your pets are important members of your family and should be included in your emergency plan.
To learn more community safety tips, please visit the City of West Hollywood’s public safety website area at www.weho.org/publicsafety.