Tuesday, September 4, 2018
First 72 On You
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is launching its First 72 On You information campaign
during the month of September – National Preparedness Month (NPM), to increase
emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families.
When disasters such as
flooding, record snowfalls, deadly tornadoes and wildfires strike, communities
are often left without safety, security, food and shelter. The first 72 hours
(three days) are critical during a serious crisis for individuals and their
families to be self-sufficient because electricity, gas, water and telephones
may not be working and public safety services may not be able to reach you
immediately. In catastrophic circumstances, it might take longer for rescue or
assistance to arrive so it is important that individuals should be prepared to
be self-sufficient by being able to live without running water, electricity
and/or gas for at least three days following a disaster. This includes having a
well-stocked emergency preparedness kit for individuals, their family members
The nationwide effort of NPM is
organized each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage
citizens to prepare and plan for emergencies in their homes, business and
schools. This yearly observance was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness
awareness in the U.S., a fitting time to join the effort to help communities
prepare for emergencies, such as natural disasters and potential terrorist
threats, and to encourage individuals to take action.
The First 72 On You campaign and emergency preparedness will be the
focus of a Facebook Live discussion with state public health officials on Sept.
5. The online event will start at 1 p.m. (Eastern). To access the livestream,
visit the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Facebook page at facebook.com/kychfs.
Questions can be emailed in advance to email@example.com
or posted in the comments section during the event.
information about the campaign will be posted on the CHFS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kychfs
where Kentuckians are encouraged to like and share posts among their networks
For more information about
preparing for and responding to emergencies visit http://ready.gov.