National Preparedness Month: Utility Plan

National Preparedness Month

Make sure you know how and when to turn off your utilities; you just might have to during an emergency.


Here’s your daily tip for National Preparedness Month:

In the event of a disaster, you may be instructed to shut off the utility service at your home.  FEMA recommends that every individual learn the basic steps to shutting off gas, water, and electricity.

It is important to verify the shut off procedures and requirements with your utility companies. 

More information: Utility Plan (FEMA)


HelpFor questions and information, contact the Office of Emergency Management:

National Preparedness Month 2011

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign. NPM is held each September and its goal is to:

  • Increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies
  • Encourage individuals to take action

September 2011 is the eighth annual NPM. The month will focus on important preparedness steps:

The Campaign’s Web sites ( and and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide Americans with free emergency preparedness information

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