September is officially National Preparedness Month in Carbon County.
On Thursday, the commissioners adopted the proclamation proclaiming September as the month to "increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks."
The proclamation states, "National Preparedness Month is a nationwide coordinated effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their home, business, and schools ... Personal preparedness is paramount to effectively reacting to the effects of a disaster and it is vital that Americans take steps to prepare for emergencies at home, work or school.
"The Ready Campaign and the Department's Citizen Corps program will be working to promote events and activities that will encourage individuals to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses ...
"The Carbon County Board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim the month of September as National Emergency Preparedness Month in Carbon County and encourage county residents to: make a plan, get a kit, be informed, and get involved."
Carbon officials reminded residents that they should always have a plan in place and a supply kit ready in case an emergency strikes.
In recent weeks, Pennsylvania has seen numerous emergency situations, from the earthquake that rattled the East Coast; to the flash flood in Pittsburgh that killed a former local resident and her two children; to Hurricane Irene, which brought heavy rain, gusty winds and power outages as it cruised up the coast.
In a related matter, the county also adopted a resolution stating that the county is joining the national moment of remembrance for the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
The resolution outlines the events that occurred that fateful day a decade ago that Americans will never forget.
"The lives of Americans were changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001, when events threatened the American way of life ... therefore be it resolved that the governing body of Carbon County recognizes Sept. 11, 2001 as a day of solemn commemoration of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and a day to come together as a nation. (It) offers its deepest and most sincere condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the innocent victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and honors the heroic service, actions, and sacrifices of first responders, law enforcement personnel, state and local officials, volunteers, and countless others who aided the innocent victims of those attacks, and in doing so, bravely risked and often gave their own lives.
"(This resolution) reaffirms that the people of the United States will never forget the challenges our country endured on and since Sept. 11, 2001, and will work tirelessly to defeat those who attacked the United States."
Officials urge everyone to observe a moment of remembrance next week, adding that the Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will host a memorial service on Friday, Sept. 9, at 8:40 a.m. in Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.
The public is invited to attend.