One goal of Douglas County Emergency Management (DCEM) is to educate the community on the importance of being disaster aware and disaster prepared, including assisting more vulnerable citizens who may need extra assistance in preparing for emergency situations. DCEM has developed several programs to help vulnerable populations (i.e. disabled, children, those with low SES, language barriers, etc.) to become more aware of the need for emergency preparedness and to help them obtain necessary information and basic supplies to aid them in their pursuit to becoming prepared for possible emergency events.
To reach this goal, DCEM developed the Pursuit of Preparedness Campaign which is designed to reach 150 students of Douglas County and their families to teach the importance of having an emergency kit, staying informed of emergencies, and knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency or disaster situation.
The campaign is a yearlong effort, beginning with solicitation for donations and support from local Douglas County organizations and businesses in the form of basic emergency kits items. These items can include flashlights, emergency blankets, weather radios, personal hygiene products, food, water, etc. With these items donated by both the community and EM, the kits are then built by EM staff.
The campaign’s finale is a severe weather presentation given by EM staff and distribution of the 150 basic emergency kits. During the presentation, the students are challenged to tell someone at home what the kit is and why it is important. This is how EM spreads the message and builds a more disaster aware and disaster prepared community. The Pursuit of Preparedness Campaign could never exist without the partnership, generosity, and dedication in raising community preparedness and engagement of the local businesses and organizations of Douglas County.
Our sincere appreciation to our 2017 Preparedness Kit Sponsors