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September is Emergency Preparedness Month!
Release Date: September 01, 2010

September is
Emergency Preparedness Month!

It's September, and now that you are preparing to send your children back to school, you should also remember to prepare yourself in case of an emergency. It is Emergency Preparedness Month and as the summer comes to a close, now is a great time to learn how to become better prepared for a public health emergency or disaster. The first step in preparedness is to create a stockpile supply of items, consisting of at least a three-day supply of bottled water, non-perishable foods and essential medications set aside for each member of your family and your pets. As always, don't forget to check the batteries in your smoke alarms! There are several ways that you can learn how to become better prepared and get involved within your community.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. For more information, visit the Sussex County CERT website. Click here to Read the article
Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services Emergency Preparedness Team The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program is dedicated to ensuring a coordinated, timely, and effective response to a bioterrorist event, natural disaster, or other public health emergency in Sussex County. The team is dedicated to enhancing the county's preparedness in the event of a public health emergency. You can learn how to become better prepared by attending the emergency preparedness course, entitled "Taking Personal Responsibility for Emergency Preparedness," offered at no charge by the Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services, Emergency Preparedness Team. For more information about the Emergency Preparedness Program and what you can do to prepare, visit our web site. Click here to Read the article
Sussex County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a program that was formed to coordinate volunteer health professionals, and citizens with an interest in health issues, to provide ongoing support for community public health needs and resources during large-scale emergencies. The Medical Reserve Corps is an important component of the Citizen Corps. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. The members are community individuals with an interest in health and emergency preparedness, consisting of both retired and active health care professionals. Community Health volunteers may be called upon to assist with administrative, clerical, reception, translation, phone, or other responsibilities. Medical professional volunteers may be called upon to assist with triage, nursing, physician, pharmacy, mental health, paramedic, medical assistant, or other responsibilities. All MRC volunteers will be trained to help the county's public health professionals do whatever is needed, at the time, to prevent and minimize disease and injuries in our community. Visit the Sussex County MRC web site for additional information. Click here to Read the article

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