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News | Oct. 2, 2017

National Preparedness Month comes to a close

By Jayce R. Ashwill DSCC Installation Emergency Manager

The Defense Supply Center Columbus participated in National Preparedness Month activities throughout September 2017 in support of the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency National Preparedness Month initiative.

Each year, September is designated as National Preparedness Month by presidential proclamation. Its purpose is to educate and empower citizens to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies and to raise their awareness of security issues. The theme for 2017 was “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. YOU CAN.” The DSCC goal for this year was to provide informational material and event opportunities for installation employees to help them become better prepared for emergencies at home, at work and in the community.

Events and activities were planned and coordinated by the Operations Branch of the Security & Emergency Services Division, DLA Installation Support. Events included a radiological exercise, emergency preparedness displays in buildings 20 and 21, See Something, Say Something Day and an event at the Child Development Center where Police encouraged parents dropping off children to develop an emergency plan at home.

Some key points emphasized throughout the month for all associates to remember include:

Home Preparedness: Make a family emergency plan and communicate that plan to your family. Additional information is available from the Installation Emergency Manager at 614-692-9578 or on the FEMA website.

Work Preparedness: Become familiar with your organization’s emergency action plan. Learn now what to do during different emergencies. Also, safety officials strongly recommended you enter a text notification device in DLA’s AtHoc alert notification system to ensure you’re kept aware during ongoing emergencies.

Community Preparedness: Always be aware of your surroundings. Know where exits are when inside. Make a plan in your head as to what to do in the event of an emergency.

Anywhere: If you “See Something, Say Something.” Don’t ignore suspicious activity. Report it to the proper authorities.

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