Friday, September 10, 2010

Columbia County Proclaims National Preparedness Month


At the regular meeting of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, Derek White, Columbia County Emergency Manager asked the Board to approve a proclamation designating the month of September as “National Emergency Preparedness Month”.

It is important that residents be proactive in preparing for any and all disasters or emergency situations. “We encourage all residents and businesses to have a plan and a disaster supply kit assembled and ready to go”, said Commissioner Tony Hyde. Columbia County has been affected by numerous disasters in past years, including five presidentially-declared disasters within the last decade, we want everyone to be aware of the information and training that is available to prepare for emergency situations”, he said.

The American Red Cross urges residents to “Be Red Cross Ready”. Get a kit. Make a plan, and be informed. For emergency preparedness information, go to For information on the County Emergency Management visit our website at, click on departments and scroll down to Emergency Management. Those interested can also sign up to follow us on Twitter at and read our Blog at

Contact Derek White, Director, Emergency Management at 503-366-3931.