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Norwalk Fire Department Promotes Emergency Preparedness Month

The Norwalk Fire Department will spend September promoting Emergency Preparedness Month.
The Norwalk Fire Department will spend September promoting Emergency Preparedness Month. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Fire Department is reminding residents that September is Emergency Preparedness Month.

This year, each week in September will focus on a different aspect of emergency preparedness.

“This month provides a great opportunity for all Norwalkers to become better prepared for emergencies and make sure their homes, businesses and families are safe.” Fire Chief Denis McCarthy said in a statement. “From making sure your home has working smoke detectors and a disaster supply kit to practicing escape routes, meeting places and updating emergency plans/ contact information, emergency preparedness can save lives.”

Sept. 1 through Sept. 7, Norwalk is reminding residents "How to Reconnect with Family after a Disaster." Tips include: Be sure that your family members know how to use text messaging on their phones, and know the number of an out-of-state family member or friend to contact. Visit www.ready.gov/family-communications to learn more.

The theme for Sept. 8 through Sept. 14 is "Know How to Plan for Specific Needs before a Disaster." This is an important topic for all families, especially those with children, pets, disabled individuals or others with special medical needs who may need extra help during an emergency. For more information, see www.ready.gov/considerations

Sept. 15 through Sept. 21 looks at "How to Build an Emergency Kit." Kits are vital to have after an emergency.  Families might have to shelter at home without power or phone service for several days, while first responders help people in greater need. A smaller kit ("go kit") is important in the event of an evacuation. Have all family members help pack the kit, and include their favorite non-perishable foods.

Finally, Sept. 22 through Sept.30, will focus on "How to Practice for an Emergency."

On Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Norwalk Fire Department, Public Works Department and Police Department will sponsor the annual Open House and Touch-a-truck at the DPW Work Center on South Smith Street. This is a great opportunity to learn more about safety and preparedness.

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