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Resiliency Digest
September 2019
News & tips for being ready
before, during, and after emergencies.
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time to remember that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year for emergencies and disasters.

This year we are reminded that preparedness and resiliency are shared responsibilities between government and private citizens. By working together in our communities to be personally and collectively ready for whatever may occur, we are “Prepared, Not Scared” to deal with and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and pandemics.

During National Preparedness Month, use each week to address different elements of a good preparedness plan! 
September 1-7: Save Early for Disaster Costs   

Check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes and tornadoes. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency.
September 8-14: Make a Plan

Prepare and plan for surviving on your own after a disaster. Put supplies and procedures in place for several days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services. Floods are the most common natural disasters in the United States, but it pays to review other kinds of emergencies and know what to do if they occur. Here’s a comprehensive list of some of the risks to prepare for:
September 15-21: Youth Preparedness

Make resiliency planning a fun process for the kids! Here are some resources you’ll want to check out:

September 22-30: Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

In addition to preparing those close to you for emergencies, you can help the whole community prepare by getting involved with local efforts to be ready before, during, and after disaster events. We are lucky to have a local CERT program that YOU can train with for FREE. See informtion below about our next scheduled class!

Community Resiliency Achievements & Announcements
CERT training helps you prepare yourself, your family, and neighbors for severe weather, emergencies, and disasters. This training is being offered by the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and Augusta County, in partnership with the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC). 

Classes meet once a week for seven weeks. You will learn about different topics each night. This course is free, but you must register to attend.

WHEN: Thursdays, September 26 - November 14, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(No class on October 31st)

WHERE: CSPDC Office, 112 MacTanly Place,Staunton, VA 24401
COST: FREE! All materials provided.

  • Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation
  • Fire Safety
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Emergency Preparedness For Persons With Special Needs
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness
  • Animals And Disasters
  • Search and Rescue
To Register Contact: Rebecca Joyce, S-A-W CERT Coordinator
Phone: 540-885-5174 ext.112, E-mail:
For additional resources to help protect yourself, loved ones, and property, visit the National Weather Service , , U.S. Fire Administration , and the National Safety Council
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