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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Sandy Johnson, Thurston County Emergency Management

Get Your Home and Family Prepared during National Preparedness Month
Commissioners promote citizen preparedness with September proclamation

Thurston County Commissioners and Emergency Management experts are asking you to get your home, your family, and your pets prepared for emergencies during National Preparedness Month in September.

Thurston County Commissioners issued a proclamation last week designating September as National Preparedness Month in the county. The proclamation encourages residents to make plans, stock up on supplies, and prepare their home, family and pets to be self-sufficient for at least three days during an emergency.

"The recent surprise August storm in the Puget Sound region caused widespread power outages, property damage, several injuries, and even sadly claimed a few lives. It's a sobering reminder that emergencies can happen any time of year, so we're encouraging everyone in our area to get prepped during National Preparedness Month," said Sandy Johnson, manager of the county's Emergency Management Division. "Our annual Prep Expo is happening September 26, and we're encouraging all residents to join us at the free event to get the tips and tools they need to keep their family safe and well stocked during a disaster."

The annual Thurston County Emergency Preparedness Expo will be at Yelm High School on Saturday, September 26. The free event will open at 10 a.m. and every attendee will receive a free Kit-Man safety bag with instructions on how to create your own emergency response kit. Dozens of vendors will also be on hand with information and demonstrations on everything you need to prepare, respond, and recover from the next disaster.

This year's featured presentations include information on the 2015-16 winter weather outlook from renowned local weather guru and National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Buehner, as well as information from Thurston County Emergency Management Coordinator Andrew Kinney on hazards that are lurking in areas around Thurston County, like areas prone to flooding or landslides.

For more information about Thurston County Emergency Management and the 2015 Prep Expo event, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/em or www.Facebook.com/ThurstonEM.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3