Franklin County agency launches campaign to emphasize disaster preparedness

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The Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security(FCEM&HS) is encouraging area residents to plan and prepare for all hazards before they happen.

“Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” is the FCEM&HS campaign that emphasizes the need for all residents to know how to respond and what to do should disaster strike.

FCEM&HS encourages everyone to create a family emergency plan that includes all family members & pets. They say everyone should build a disaster supply kit and get involved by learning basic lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid.

“Residents may find themselves without utilities, access to food and water, or response from safety forces for up to 72 hours after a disaster. Having a plan and emergency supply is essential,” said Jeffrey J. Young, Director of Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “By having the right skills, knowing how to respond and what to do when disaster strikes, residents can help themselves, their neighbors and the community in times of need.”

As part of this year’s campaign, the FCEM&HS will feature a different preparedness theme each week on Facebook and Twitter. Weekly themes include making and practicing a plan, learning life saving skills, checking your insurance coverage, and saving in case of an emergency.

Franklin County residents can register for ALERT Franklin County here to receive important information and weather alerts on their mobile devices.

FCEM&HS encourages parents to include the whole family, even young children in the planning process. Young children and teens can learn how to become better prepared, build an emergency supply kit and become a “Disaster Master” by playing online games at the US Department of Homeland Security’s website, at

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