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 September Is National Preparedness Month: Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

It’s important to know what disasters could happen in your community and how to prepare for them. Emergencies can happen any time, and all Americans should be prepared for disasters that could affect them.

September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare now and throughout the year for the types of disasters that can happen where we live, work and visit.

This year’s theme, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can,” encourages everyone to make an emergency  communication plan  ahead of time, partner with their neighbors and community, train to be citizen responders, and practice their preparedness. Each week in September, we will offer simple, no-cost preparedness tips.

 The National Preparedness Month weekly themes provide many opportunities to get prepared before an emergency. For more information, including a social media toolkit you can use on your social media accounts, visit

Week 1: September 1 - 9
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Week 2: September 10 - 16
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

Week 3: September 17 - 23
Practice and Build Out Your Plans

Week 4: September 24 - 30
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

September 15 is National "Prepareathon" Day when people and communities across the nation take action to prepare for and protect themselves against disasters.

To find out more about year-round "Prepareathon" activities, go to

Emergency response during a natural or man-made disaster is coordinated through the City of Mesa Fire and Medical Department's Emergency Management center.  During a disaster, residents and visitors in the Mesa area are advised to visit or tune to Mesa Channel 11 or local radio and television stations for information.

If your family does not already have one, please consider developing a family emergency plan now, as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of extra food, medicines, face-masks and other essential supplies.

Become a CERT Volunteer! 

CERT training provides citizens with an opportunity to learn basic emergency response skills to assist themselves, their friends and family an/or their neighborhoods in case of an emergency


Saturday, November 4, 2017       8 am - 4 pm

Saturday, November 11, 2017     8 am - 4 pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017     8 am - 2 pm

All classes will be held at the Mesa Public Safety Training Facility 3260 N. 40th Street, Mesa, AZ

For registration or any questions regarding the Mesa Fire and Medical Department's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program please contact Warren Sprecher 480-644-2508.

We all play a role in keeping our community safe: If you see something, say something.

Reporting Suspicious Activity


To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it's suspicious.



If there is an emergency, call 9–1–1.

Countering Terrorism: RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Unfortunately, active shooter incidents in the workplace or other large public venues have become a reality in today's society. Although infrequent, the impact of these events has far reaching effects, not only on the victims and their loved ones, but on their communities and our nation as a whole. Law enforcement nationwide has responded decisively with a variety of dynamic training approaches designed to direct first responders during incidents of this nature. Many citizens have probably imagined themselves in similar situations and wondered what they would or should do. Law enforcement is now reaching beyond the ranks of our first responders and offering citizens some guidance. This video was created by the City of Houston and is designed to assist citizens with some scenario-based training regarding active shooter events. Available in Spanish, Vietnamese & Chinese here. This video contains dramatized scenes of violence that may be disturbing to some viewers.



Sandbag and Storm Preparation


The Community Emergency Notification System (CENS), also called Reverse 9-1-1, has expanded it's capability and is now able to register cell and Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phones within their database.  What this means is, if an event, incident, disaster or emergency meeting the CENS activation criteria occurs, the 9-1-1 dispatch center in the municipality will call and provide information and/or instruction to subscribers.  For more information, frequently asked questions and to register your cell or VoIP phone.


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