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Polk Health officials send out reminder to be prepared
Polk Health officials send out reminder to be prepared

Bartow, Florida -- Polk County health officials have sent out a reminder that September is National Preparedness Month - the annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and communities.

FEMA encourages individuals and families to pledge to prepare during the month of September and encourage residents to make preparedness a part of their daily life every day moving forward.

Steps for you and your family to take to have access to the online community, resources and tools available to help get you and your family prepared for an emergency. get involved and be better prepared:

Step 1: Pledge to Prepare

The first step to getting involved is to register as a coalition member at Ready.gov/pledge. Members will

Step 2: Take a Free Online Preparedness Course
Developed in partnership with the FEMA Emergency Management Institute and in consultation with faith-based and community partners, FEMA's "IS-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone" training course will introduce you to a program for promoting individual and community preparedness through simple and engaging activities.

The course is free, available online and is designed for anyone to use in coordination with your local emergency preparedness partners.

Step 3: Implement Simple Preparedness Activities

FEMA has made available to the public, free training and resources to help you and your family to take action and implement simple preparedness activities. Some of the simple activities include:

Creating a no-cost or low-cost disaster kit;
Preparing for utility outages; and
How to use a fire extinguisher.

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