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September is National Preparedness Month

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston teamed up with Broome County Legislator Scott Baker, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Michael Ponticiello and the American Red Cross to announce details of National Preparedness Month.

“We can’t prevent a natural disaster from happening in our community, and we know how devastating they can be,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “We want to make sure as many people are prepared as possible to minimize the damage when the next disaster occurs.”

“We’ve seen all too often how disasters have affected our area,” said County Legislator and Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee Chairman Scott Baker. “We urge everyone to take time this month and think, do I have a plan and am I prepared, because you never know when the next major disaster will strike.”

Each week of National Preparedness month has a theme.

                                    * Week 1 – Kickoff
                                    * Week 2 – Preparing Family and Friends
                                    * Week 3 – Preparing through service
                                    * Week 4 – Individual Preparedness
                                    * Week 5 – Lead up to National PreparAthon Day

Broome County is urging people to take action now, make a plan with the community, for your family and your pets.  The idea is to plan to stay safe and communicate during any disaster that affects our community.

“How will I get in touch with my family? What will happen to my pets,” says Director of Emergency Services Jerry Marinich.  “Prepare and make a plan, your family may not be together when the next disaster hits.”

The American Red Cross has several mobile apps to help people deal with several different natural disasters.   You can download the apps FREE at ITunes or Google Play app stores.

“Large-scale disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes and floods always make the news, but the most common disaster threat people face across the country is a fire in their home,” said Jill Deskins, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross. “Here in Broome County we have helped at the scene of thirty fires. We urge residents to develop a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone in their household.”

There will also be updates on Broome County Executive Debbie Preston’s Facebook page as well as the Broome County Emergency Services Facebook page.

You can also log on to www.ready.gov for more tips on how you and your family can be prepared to deal with a natural disaster.

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09/08/2016 - 2:24pm