Each year emergency management, planning and response agencies and organizations within Kanawha and Putnam Counties develop public awareness programs for the National Preparedness Month (September) and Fire Prevention Month (October).
In 2012, the Kanawha Putnam Emergency Planning Committee (KPEPC) developed a partnership with these agencise to pool resources , ideas, and best practices to develop one cohesive campaign for the National Preparedness and Fire Safety Month programs.
Recent events in the area including the derecho storm and tragic house fires which have taken numerous lives have heightened awareness of the need for preparedness and planning efforts.
Throughout the month, citizens will be hearing the KPEPC message asking the question "What will you do when the lights go out?" Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere without notice. Everyone should be prepared in the event of an emergency.
Preparing can start with four important steps: Be informed; Make a plan; Build an emergency supply kit to sustain you for more than seventy-two hours. Get involved.
The KPEPC Partnership has developed materials which will provide information on the content of the emergency kit, family emergency plans, fire prevention measures, and community resources for Kanawha and Putnam Counties.
KPEPC Preparedness Month Partners include the American Red Cross, Appalachian Center for Independent Living, City of Charleston Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Kanawha County Metro 911, Kanawha County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Putnam County Health Department, Putnam County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Ready WV, West Virginia State Fire Marshal, and the West Virginia Citizen Corp.