For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. Sept. 18, 2014. September is National Preparedness Month and Washoe County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is reminding residents what to do to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Each week in September, Washoe County Emergency Management distributes personal preparedness tips to help people prepare by making emergency kits, emergency plans, staying informed and getting involved.
“Citizens all have their favorite news source. The important thing is to monitor it during times of crisis to hear information from Public Safety Officials,” said Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston. “The source could be Internet, television or radio. Also, applications like AlertID, are another good source of information. Of course, the ultimate backup is a battery powered AM radio.”
Editor’s Note: Media feel free to use the video below in its entirety or edit as you see fit. The TV package produced by Washoe County Television includes interviews from Washoe County Manager Aaron Kenneston, TMFPD Chief Charles Moore and Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek. To watch the video click here.
Preparedness Tip #3: Stay Informed
- Learn which disasters or emergencies may occur in your neighborhood and the best actions to take during each kind of emergency. Examples of potential hazards in the Washoe County region include earthquakes, wildfires, flooding, severe storms, disease outbreaks, and avalanches
- Learn about different weather alerts, such as watches and warnings. Pay close attention to any potential instructions provided at the end of the alert.
- During an emergency, local emergency management will continually be updating the media. Be sure to stay tuned to the various media outlets.
- Include a battery-operated radio or hand crank radio in your emergency kit in case there is no power. Know where to tune your radio during emergencies, such as AM 780 KOH for civil alert emergencies.
- Register for emergency notifications by phone, called “CODE RED.” CODE RED is used to notify residents within Washoe County of emergency situations that could affect their neighborhood. To add your cell phone number to this database, visit www.washoecounty.us/em/alert.html.
- When traveling, learn about potential emergencies that may occur in the regions you will be visiting. Make sure you know what to do should an emergency occur.
For more information on staying informed and other emergency tips, visit www.washoecounty.us/em/stayinformed.html.