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National Preparedness Month - Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services Encourages Citizens to Prepare in Advance for Emergencies
9/10/2012 1:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Ventura County Joins National Campaign in Recognizing September as National Preparedness Month



Ventura County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA


Date & Time:

09/11/12 @ 9:45 AM

Unit Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services



September is National Preparedness Month and the County of Ventura is taking part in a nationwide effort to encourage individuals, families and organizations to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.


'Preparedness is a shared responsibility.  Everyone must do their part,' said Laura Hernandez, Assistant Director of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services.


At 9:45 a.m. on September 11, 2012, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will proclaim September as National Preparedness Month in Ventura County.


This year, National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and communities to make an emergency preparedness plan.


Preparedness is important because in the event of a local emergency, residents may need to be self-reliant for at least three days without electricity, water service, or access to a supermarket.


'By taking some simple steps now, we can protect our family, our community and ourselves,' said Hernandez.  'Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help us minimize the impact they will have on our lives.'


Some simple steps that residents can do to prepare for the unexpected include making an emergency supply kit, developing a family communications plan and staying informed of the local hazards in our community.


For more information on how to be prepared, please visit the Ready Ventura County website at  Information is also posted on the Ready Ventura County Facebook ( and Twitter ( sites.



Administrator Preparing Media Release:

Cynthia Elliott, Program Administrator

Media Release Date:


Follow-Up Contact:

Cynthia Elliott, Program Administrator (805) 654-3655

Approved by:

Laura Hernandez, Assistant Director