DATE: August 28, 2013
Broward County Emergency Management Director Chuck Lanza, left, receives proclamation from Commissioner Chip LaMarca.
MEDIA CONTACT: Richard Allen, Broward County Emergency Management Division
PHONE NUMBER: 954-831-3909
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed September 2013 National Preparedness Month in Broward County, encouraging residents to be prepared for all potential emergencies. View Video
The monthlong observance is designed to increase awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness, and encourage all individuals and communities to be informed and turn awareness into action by having an emergency preparedness family plan and stocking an emergency supply kit.
"Broward residents need to be prepared now. Historically this is the most active time of the year for hurricanes. Broward County has many great informational resources to help you prepare for an emergency. Please use these and keep your family safe,” said Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca.
In addition, it’s a great time for residents to get involved in their community by volunteering with local emergency response partners, who need assistance year round, not just during a recovery.
Broward Emergency Management Director Chuck Lanza said, “September is a perfect time for the National Preparedness Month observance because it is the most active month for hurricane activity here in South Florida. But residents really should be ready for an emergency year round. Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility, and resident preparedness plays a key role in our community’s ability to respond in a recovery.”
Upcoming preparedness activities include:
• New River Middle School in Plantation and Broward Emergency Management will conduct a hurricane simulation at Broward Emergency Operations Center, 201 N.W. 84 Ave., Plantation, on October 10 from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exercise is part of StormZone, a school-based educational program that helps students understand the importance of preparation before an event.
• Residents are encouraged to sign up in September for an upcoming SKYWARN Storm Spotters Training Class, hosted by Broward Emergency Management on October 12, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Broward Emergency Operations Center. SKYWARN weather spotters are part of a nationwide volunteer network to report significant weather events to the National Weather Service.
• The Broward County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), in conjunction with the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) volunteers, will conduct an annual Simulated Emergency Test at the Broward Emergency Operations Center to recognize National Preparedness Month. The Amateur Radio Simulated Emergency Test will involve RACES and ARES volunteers from Broward County as well as across the country who will be testing radio equipment and communications capabilities using emergency power.
• Residents are encouraged to stay connected with their County before, during and after an emergency:
-- Encourage family and friends to subscribe to Broward County Emergency Updates, important public safety information delivered via email before, during and after an emergency
-- Follow us on Twitter.com/ReadyBroward and like us on Facebook.com/BrowardEMD to be among the first to hear emergency updates
-- Visit our comprehensive emergency preparedness website at emergency.broward.org
-- Call the Broward County Call Center at 311, or 954-831-4000, for updates and general preparedness information
-- Bookmark gis.broward.org/mda on your smartphone or other mobile device so you can report damage to your home and help first responders assess impacts in the immediate aftermath of a storm