National Preparedness Month

Published on September 02, 2020

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WHEREAS,  across the nation, September has been designated as National Preparedness Month to encourage all Americans to improve emergency preparedness in their communities; and

WHEREAS, during National Preparedness Month there is a nationwide coordinated effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness, and to encourage every citizen to renew their commitment to promoting emergency preparedness in homes, businesses, schools and communities; and

WHEREAS, emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every resident of Oro Valley and all are urged to make preparedness a priority and take steps to protect our community before disaster strikes by learning about risk factors in order to protect against injuries, property damage, and potential economic loss in our community caused during disasters; and

WHEREAS, during the month of September, the Town of Oro Valley, Oro Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Pima County Office of Emergency Management along with Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) and other local, tribal, private, and volunteer agencies will engage in activities that encourage residents to take steps to make themselves and their families more resilient and better prepared for disasters and emergencies.

NOW, THEREFORE,  I, Joseph C. Winfield, Mayor of the Town of Oro Valley, Arizona, hereby proclaim the month of September 2020 to be




This year's National Preparedness Month theme is "Disasters Don't Wait.  Make Your Plan Today'' and challenges everyone to take actions to prepare now and throughout the year. As we continue to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September. Citizens, businesses, schools and communities are able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and planning what to do when disaster strikes - where we live, work, and visit.   Developing individualized plans, assembling emergency supply kits, learning lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, reviewing insurance policies and coverage for hazards, and reviewing the resources available at help ensure a resilient and prepared Oro Valley.

 Dated this 2nd day of September, 2020.


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