Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders andOffice of Health Management Remind Residents to Be Prepared
Elizabeth - In observance of National Preparedness Month (NPM), the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Office of Health Management encourages residents to take steps to become better prepared for emergencies.
NPM is sponsored by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Advertising Council. Its intent is to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. This year, the Ready Campaign is helping Americans understand that preparedness goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks and extra food in the pantry. It is important to change perceptions about emergency preparedness and help Americans understand what it truly means to be "Ready."
Union County residents can prepare for emergencies by creating an emergency supply kit, a family emergency plan, and becoming informed about different threats to their homes and families. Threats in Union County include fires, floods, crippling weather and a possible widespread outbreak of the flu virus. This fall, prepare your families by reinforcing these healthy habits:
frequent hand washing with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and place your tissue in the trash
avoid contact with people who are sick
stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading the flu to others