September is designated by the Department of Homeland Security as National Preparedness Month. This awareness month is also supported by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council and is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.
The Ready Campaign encourages the following actions:
1.Get A Kit
2.Make A Plan
You can stay informed by learning more about the potential emergencies, both natural and man-made, that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them. For more information, visit our website here.
Another way you can stay informed is by registering your cell phones and VoIP phones with Cowlitz County's Emergency Community Notification System. Landline phones are already set up to receive emergency information for a specified area, but cell phones and VoIP are considered an "opt-in" program and must be registered by their owner. Registering these additional contact devices ensures that citizens receive the critical, time sensitive, and potentially life-saving messages.
If you have not yet registered your cell phone for this free service, you can do so by clicking the "Alert Cowlitz County" icon to your right, up the page a little bit. Yep, right up there, with the picture of the phone. See it? Ok.
If you have questions about the ECNS system, please feel free to contact our office by email at DEM@co.cowlitz.wa.us or by phone at (360) 577-3130.