Borough recognizes National Preparedness Month

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NAUGATUCK — On Tuesday, the Board of Mayor and Burgess joined the National Preparedness Coalition by proclaiming September as National Preparedness Month in Naugatuck.

Naugatuck Deputy Fire Chief provided the following four steps people can take to be better prepared in the event that they are without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days:

Step 1 Be Informed

Free information is available to assist you from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. You can find preparedness information by accessing Ready.gov to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency; contacting local emergency management agency to get essential information on specific hazards to the area, local plans for shelter and evacuation, ways to get information before and during an emergency, and how to sign up for emergency alerts if they are available; contacting your local firehouses and asking for a tour and information about preparedness

Step 2 Make a Plan

Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see Ready.gov Work together with neighbors, colleagues and others to build community resilience.

Step 3 Build a Kit

Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care — water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, battery-powered radio — for a checklist of supplies visit Ready.gov.

Step 4 Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and communities safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.

In honor of National Preparedness Month, the borough is holding a Safety and Preparedness Day. The purpose of the fair is to help the citizens of Naugatuck to be safe, prepare for an emergency and be aware of the various resources available to them.

The event is planned for Sept. 23, from 12 to 4 p.m., at Naugatuck High School.