September is National Preparedness Month; Otter Tail County has
resources for you to be prepared

From Otter Tail County 

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September.

“National Preparedness Month takes on a whole new meaning throughout the county this year,” says Otter Tail County Emergency Management Director Patrick Waletzko. “In addition to COIVD-19, our local heavy wind, tornado, and localized flooding incidents have changed the way residents and visitors think about emergency preparedness and response.”

Waletzko recommends two priority steps to get started or improve individual, family, or organizational preparedness. First, get information. Understand what emergencies could happen in your area and take steps to reduce their impact.

 Second, communicate. Talk to the people you rely on – and those who rely on you; decide how you will communicate with each other leading up to, during, and following an emergency. Consider several options in case phone or internet services are not available.

In addition:

Gather basic personal items and emergency supplies for everyone living in your home; don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person and your pets.

Be sure to include Minnesota Department of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in your preparations.

Otter Tail County has resources to help your preparedness planning:

For tips and examples to guide your emergency planning efforts visit: 

ottertailcountymn.us/are-you-ready

Register for alerts and provide 9-1-1 with important location, medical, and emergency contact information about you and your family: ottertailcountymn.us/smart911

Create a facility profile for your organization or business to help emergency responders provide an efficient response to your location: https://ottertailcountymn.us/ravefacility

Follow Otter Tail County Emergency Management on Twitter: @OTCemergency

Call Otter Tail County Emergency Management with any questions you have: 218-998-8067