Upcoming Community Preparedness Forum

Events in recent history, including the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and even this summer’s wildfires in the Pacific Northwest highlight the importance of emergency preparedness. A disaster, whether natural or manmade, can happen at any time. Preparedness can reduce the impact of a disaster on individuals, families, businesses, and communities.

Understanding local hazards and knowing how to prepare creates resilient families and communities. “Individuals and families who are prepared are not only helping themselves, but their entire community,” says Kristal Kuhn, City of Great Falls Emergency Manager. “During an emergency, resources are often in short supply. When we are prepared, we help responders get resources to those that need them the most in an efficient manner while ensuring that our own families are safe and secure.”

With this in mind, local emergency preparedness and response agencies are hosting a Community Preparedness Forum September 18, 2014 from 6-8pm at North Middle School. City of Great Falls Emergency Management, Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services, Cascade City-County Health Department, and the Governor’s Office of Community Involvement will be presenting information on local hazards and response capabilities, personal preparedness, family emergency planning, mass notification, sheltering-in-place, and other preparedness and response topics. Other local emergency response agencies may be available to answer questions and give information.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit CCHD’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program.

For more information on the Community Preparedness Forum, call Kristal Kuhn at 727-8070.