NORWALK, Conn. -- September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of Norwalk has committed to participate in it to increase preparedness throughout the city.
The event, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. One of its key messages is to be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, ATMs, gas stations or maybe even without immediate response from police, fire or rescue.
Preparing can start with four important steps:
1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
3. Build an emergency supply kit.
4. Get involved.
This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. Every resident can do something to be better prepared for the next emergency.
“The memories of recent storms are certainly still vivid for Norwalk residents and serve as a reminder that good preparation is essential” said Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia in a prepared statement. “Even as we hope for a calmer season, city departments have put plans in place to confront emergency situations. I urge all residents to do the same.”
Residents are invited to attend the annual fire department and department of public works open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 28, at South Smith Street to learn how to stay safe in all types of emergencies.