September is National Preparedness Month, and Clark County officials are reminding residents about resources available to help them prepare for emergencies of all types.
“The pandemic is a reminder that emergencies are unpredictable by nature,” said Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Billy Samuels, who oversees the county’s Emergency Management Division. “Preparedness Month is a good time to think about supplies you and your family may need in the event of an emergency and a plan for how you and your family will reconnect if you are separated in an emergency.”
The top hazards identified in Southern Nevada by local emergency managers include communicable disease, wildfire, flooding, earthquake and extreme heat. Power outages also can happen sporadically.
The theme of National Preparedness Month this year is “Prepare to Protect: Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” A different preparedness theme will be highlighted each week during the month of September:1. Create an emergency plan: Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the needs of your family or business. Businesses and community organizations should design an emergency plan for employees and conduct safety training, including drills and exercises.
2. Build a disaster supply kit: Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home, including food and water. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Include provisions for infants and medically fragile family members. You also should prepare an emergency kit for each of your cars.
3. Prepare for Disasters: Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
4. Teach Youth About Preparedness: Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
Information about emergency preparedness is available on the County’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov on the Fire Department’s web page under Fire Safety and Disaster Preparedness. Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive free texts and email alerts through the multi-agency Southern Nevada On the Alert website at https://sonevada.onthealert.com/Terms/Index/?ReturnUrl=%2f. Residents also are encouraged to get the Southern Nevada Community Preparedness App to receive weather alerts, safety tips and other useful information. Residents may get the app for free at the App Store for iPhone or on Google Play for Android Smartphones. Download information is posted on the Office of Emergency Management’s website pages: http://readydl.com/landing/eoc32003/index.html.
Clark County Television also has created emergency preparedness PSAs on different topics that have been shared widely with local news media and on Clark County social media sites including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and NextDoor. Topics include:
- “Property Brothers” earthquake safety PSA with The Scott Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwbJhENzVCg
- “Emergency Preparedness Begins at Home:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBN2VFzt1aE
- Report suspicious activity to the local “See Something, Say Something” hotline at (702) 828-8386: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xWmWg3Oitw
Clark County’s Emergency Management staff may be available to talk to community groups. For requests, contact the Preparedness and Recovery Coordinator at (702) 455-5715. Other emergency preparedness resources include:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.Ready.gov
- American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
- Southern Nevada Health District: www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org
- Nevada Division of Emergency Management: www.dem.nv.gov
- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department: www.lvmpd.com.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1.1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.