Not to scare you!  For the past several week, FEMA and Citizen Corps have been spreading the word about National Emergency Preparedness Month (September). 2010 will be the fourth year that Petaluma ALERT has participated, as a partner, by promoting CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams), NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams) and CERN (Community Emergency Radio Network.)   

The two-year ALERT project (Alliance of Local Emergency Response Teams) was completed in 2008, and brought local community Emergency Preparedness programs together with a focus on Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams. A NERT website, (http://www.petalumanert.org) was created with one section devoted entirely to federal, state, county, and city emergency and disaster preparedness information.

Here are a few links for our Petaluma360 readers to check out in order to Be Ready for next month’s national event. http://www.ready.gov, https://www.citizencorps.gov, http://www.fema.gov 

Local links pertinent to Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area are: “Pocket Guide to Emergency Preparedness” – Sonoma County Disaster Information  http://sonoma-county.com/health/ph/phpreparedness/community/index.htm

“Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country” – Your Handbook for the S.F. Bay Region http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2005/15/

Stay tuned for additional blogs with Disaster Preparedness information.