City of Lancaster Launches New Citizen Emergency Preparedness Campaign: Ready Lancaster
Today, the City of Lancaster launched a new citizen emergency preparedness campaign, Ready Lancaster. Headed up by Council Member Raj Malhi, Ready Lancaster is designed to help residents take practical steps toward being prepared for an emergency.
“Public safety is a top priority for myself and the City Council,” said Council Member Malhi. “City, Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department staff all proactively prepare and plan for emergency situations, and we encourage our residents to do the same through this simple campaign. It’s not a matter of if a disaster will occur, but when. We urge all of our residents to take a proactive, rather than reactive, approach – so that our entire community can be prepared for whatever may come our way.”
According to a survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, only half of Americans have an emergency evacuation kit or water supply, while only a third have a suitable emergency communications plan. The Ready Lancaster campaign makes disaster preparedness simple with just three steps: 1) get an emergency kit, 2) prepare your home and know what to do in a disaster, and 3) make an emergency plan with your loved ones.
“With all of the recent disasters in the news, we all know that we should be preparing for an emergency – but sometimes preparedness seems overwhelming. Ready Lancaster breaks it down into three simple steps: Kit. Home. Plan. It’s simple and straightforward,” said Council Member Malhi. “Now we just need to take action. I challenge residents to take a day or weekend to accomplish these three simple steps – spend that extra hour this weekend strengthening your resiliency to disasters. Join us in building a more Ready Lancaster.”Residents and business owners alike are encouraged to visit Ready Lancaster online at: www.cityoflancasterca.org/ready. The website includes resources from well-known energy response agencies, such as Red Cross, FEMA, and Ready.gov; as well as information regarding how to register for the City’s Nixle emergency notifications system. In addition, everyone is encouraged to follow the City of Lancaster on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for helpful #ReadyLancaster emergency preparedness tips and more.