September is Preparedness Month

Courtesy photo Accepting the city’s National Preparedness Month proclamation was David Ashman, disaster management area coordinator, who provides support in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and is the liaison between Paramount and County and Federal disaster agencies. From left: Vice Mayor Annette C. Delgadillo, Councilmember Vilma Cuellar Stallings, Ashman, Mayor Isabel Aguayo, Councilmember Peggy Lemons, and Councilmember Brenda Olmos.

The Paramount City Council recognized National Preparedness Month at its Sept. 12 meeting. The city’s Public Safety Department suggests taking these basic steps to help keep your family and neighborhood safe.

Make an emergency kit – food, water, clothes, first aid kit, flashlight, and back-up power for your cell phone should be included.

Create a family communication plan – have an out-of-town contact to check in with and keep important phone numbers handy.

Designate a meeting point – in case you are separated, set a familiar and accessible place to gather.

Stay informed – sign up for emergency alerts from the City by texting “90723” to the number “888777” to receive disaster notifications.