September is National Preparedness Month

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston teamed up with Broome County Legislative Chairman Jerry Marinich, Legislator Scott Baker, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Michael Ponticiello and the American Red Cross to announce details of National Preparedness Month.

“We can’t prevent a natural disaster from happening in our community, and we know how devastating they can be,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “We want to make sure as many people are prepared as possible to minimize the damage when the next disaster occurs.”

“We’ve seen all too often how disasters have affected our area,” said County Legislator and Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee Chairman Scott Baker. “We urge everyone to take time this month and think, do I have a plan and am I prepared, because you never know when the next major disaster will strike.”

Each week of National Preparedness month has a theme.

  • Week 1 – Flood
  • Week 2 – Wildfire
  • Week 3 – Hurricane
  • Week 4 – Power Outage
  • Week 5 – Lead up to National PreparAthon Day

Broome County is urging people to take action now, make a plan with the community, your family and your pets.  The idea is to plan to stay safe and communicate during any disaster that affects our community.

“We need to be prepared at all times whether at work, home, school or playRemember, it’s not if but when a disaster happens,” says OES Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Michael Ponticiello.  “We urge everyone to make a plan and we will have tips each week on how to do so.”

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.

“The Red Cross is here to ensure that families in our community are prepared to stay safe in emergencies.  It is important that individuals create and practice their plans with their families.  To help this initiative, the Red Cross offers preparedness education to individuals and the community,” says Colleen McCabe, interim Executive Director of the American Red Cross.

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.


09/02/2015 - 10:51am