Jefferson County, Colo. – During National Preparedness Month, observed annually in September, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) wants to remind Jeffco community members to stay organized and ready in case of a sudden disaster or emergency event. Emergency events in our county can range from natural events like wildfires or flooding, to manmade events like cyber-attacks or active shooters, to facility/technology failures like power outages or water/sewage failures. It’s important to get ready before a crisis happens.
In the last 10 years, the Jefferson County community has been affected by one flood, six wildfires, four infectious disease outbreaks and one global pandemic. Looking towards the future means learning from the past. National Preparedness Month’s 2022 theme is “A Lasting Legacy [external link].” By preparing for disasters, Jeffco residents can create a lasting legacy for themselves and their families.
JCPH’s Emergency Preparedness Team wants to help you protect your legacy by learning how to get ready, take action and recover during and after a disaster event.
“JCPH is partnering with other agencies and reminding the Jeffco community that they can be their own hero in the case of an emergency. Sometimes first responders can be overwhelmed with the number of households to help, so it’s important to be empowered to take care of yourself and your loved ones, if need be,” said Christine Billings, Emergency Preparedness and Infection Disease Director at JCPH. “Getting ready and taking action to prepare for a disaster builds resiliency within the community. It helps our community recover from the event more efficiently.”
While you can’t predict when a disaster event happens, you can take the steps to prepare for the worst. Protect your family and their legacy by staying ready.
To learn more about emergency preparedness efforts at JCPH, please visit our website. In addition, Jeffco community members can access education and resources around emergency preparedness at:
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH [external link], Instagram @JeffcoPH [external link] and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth [external link].