September is National Preparedness Month!
September is the perfect time to take a look at your emergency response plans. Personal and family preparedness are just as important as preparedness within a facility or organization. Consider taking some of the following steps this month to make sure you are ready BEFORE disaster strikes:
- Review and test your emergency plans, updating as needed
- Test batteries in flashlights, smoke alarms, etc
- Replace expired food and refresh stored water
- Update emergency phone lists
- Visit readymarin.org/plan-prepare for additional personal preparedness tips
The Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Program is responsible for the administration of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), and Pandemic Influenza grants.
The PHP program leads the medical and health planning efforts for emergency response to disasters that impact the health of our community. PHP works with many different stakeholder groups, including healthcare facilities, community-based organizations, law enforcement, fire personnel, city and town governments, other programs within HHS and many more to ensure a coordinated and effective response for the whole community.
Being prepared for any emergency will help reduce the burden on our healthcare system when a disaster strikes. Ready Marin has resources for building a variety of emergency kits for individuals and families, provides information on the Community Emergency Response (or CERT) teams, and lists classes and other resources to help you get and stay prepared. See volunteer information for specific information about CERT, American Red Cross, and Marin Medical Reserve Corps.
Resources for Vulnerable Populations:
- Aging Adults
- Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Training Resources
- Marin County Aging and Adult Services
- Marin Adult Information and Assistance
- For information about services and support for older adults and persons with disabilities to promote independent living and for preparedness resources please call (415) 457-INFO (4636) or click the link above
- Behavioral Health
- Individuals with Access & Functional Needs
- Ready.gov is the FEMA preparedness website with resources on various disaster types
- Totally Unprepared: modern earthquake preparedness site with short videos and graphics
- HHS emPower Map
- The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) from the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry
- Marin County Sheriff's Office: Office of Emergency Services
- Sign up for alerts: Alert Marin