September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston teamed up with Director of Emergency Services Brett Chellis and American Red Cross Community Executive Shelley Bierwiler to announce details of National Preparedness Month.


“We can’t prevent a natural disaster from happening and in our community, we know how devastating floods can be,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “If people are prepared, it can help to minimize the damage when the next disaster occurs.”


Each week of National Preparedness month has a theme.

                                    * Week 1 – Be Informed

                                    * Week 2 – Be Prepared

                                    * Week 3 – Make a Kit

                                    * Week 4 – Get Involved


“We urge everyone to take steps to be prepared for a natural disaster,” says Director of Emergency Services Brett Chellis.  “Being informed, being prepared, having a kit and getting involved will help make sure your family is ready to deal with whatever Mother Nature has in store for us.”


“We need to be prepared at all times whether at work, home, school or play.  Remember, it’s not IF a disaster happens it’s When a disaster happens,” says Shelley Bierwiler, Community Executive of the American Red Cross.


The American Red Cross has several mobile apps to help people deal with several different natural disasters.   You can download the apps FREE at ITunes or Google Play app stores.


There will also be updates on Broome County Executive Debbie Preston’s Facebook page as well as the Broome County Emergency Services Facebook page.


You can also log on to for more tips on how you and your family can be prepared to deal with a natural disaster.



09/02/2014 - 10:31am