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Carlsbad Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA"s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps.

In honor of National Preparedness Month the City of Carlsbad is making free emergency preparedness guides available to residents here and at city libraries during the month of September while supplies last.  

National Preparedness Month is held each September to encourage Americans to make sure they are prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. The City of Carlsbad first created the guides in 2011, and they have proven to be very popular, according to Emergency Preparedness Manager David Harrison. “We are making them available again as a way to remind residents of very easy things they can do to be prepared for a major earthquake, wildfire or other disaster.” Harrison added that recent concerns about summer heat, earthquake activity in Imperial County, and even hurricanes and tropical storms in the east, have piqued interest in preparedness. The guide features important safety tips, including:

  • How to make a family emergency plan
  • What should go in a home emergency kit
  • What to do in an evacuation
  • What to do if there is a power outage, downed or broken power lines or a natural gas leak
  • How to find other emergency preparedness resources

 “The city is committed to keeping our community safe—especially during an emergency,” said Harrison. “We conduct extensive training for our first responders and other city workers, but for our community to be fully prepared, we need residents and businesses to be ready too.”  

Along with the , the city will be encouraging local business registration in the Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance at the Chamber Business Expo, Sept. 7. 

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