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 years, Pennsylvania has seen numerous emergency situations, from a earthquake that rattled the East Coast; to Hurricane Irene, which brought heavy rain, gusty winds and power outages as it cruised up the coast, to strong thunderstorm cells that moved through the area, causing much damage and many power outages in parts of the coverage area.