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Take Action Before an Emergency: National Preparedness Month

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Lincoln, Neb. – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) observes National Preparedness Month (NPM) during September. The purpose of NPM is to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared and how to take action before, during, and after an emergency. Being aware provides an opportunity to build a culture of preparedness between individuals, households, communities, and organizations.

“I encourage all Nebraskans to teach children, friends, and neighbors about the importance of being prepared to face an emergency,” said Brenda Soto, Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer for DHHS. “Making a plan, gathering supplies, and understanding the risks in your area can help protect and save the lives of loved ones in an emergency.”

Every community should prepare to respond to an emergency or natural disaster. By learning the risks and responsibilities of the area where you live, work, or go to school, making an emergency plan, and building an emergency kit, Nebraskans can be informed and prepared to face an emergency.

It is important to understand what kinds of emergencies affect your area and ways officials will share emergency information. Find a safe spot near where you live, work, or attend school that you could go if an emergency arises. Potential emergencies that could occur in Nebraska include blizzards, drought, fires, flooding, high winds, power outages, severe storms, and tornadoes.

Have a plan in place for different scenarios in order to be prepared in an emergency. It is important to educate all family members, including children and seniors, on the plan. Appoint a main contact person and designate a safe, familiar, accessible place where your family can go for protection. If you have pets or service animals, think about an animal-friendly location.

An emergency kit should have everything you need to survive for several days. Keeping your kit stocked with necessities like non-perishable food, water, flashlights, a radio, extra batteries, and a first aid kit can make a difference in an emergency. Consider what unique needs your family might have, including supplies or prescription medication for children, seniors, or pets.

DHHS encourages families, individuals, and businesses to make survival preparations. Over the last several years, Nebraska has experienced severe weather events, natural disasters, and public health concerns that keep us on our toes and remind us of the value of advance preparation. For more information regarding NPM, click here.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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