EL PASO, TX (KVIA) — September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of El Paso is reminding residents about the importance of being ready for emergencies. To raise awareness, the city is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Carnivals throughout the month.
Today, the Public Health department is hosting one of their events at South El Paso Senior Center. The event will start at 10 a.m. and is open to the entire community. With a carnival theme, attendees can expect not only valuable insights on emergency preparedness but also fun games and prizes.
Ruth Castillo, Program Manager for the Department of Public Health's Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP), highlighted the significance of this year's theme: "Preparing for Older Adults." She says it is important to look out for our elderly community members, “make sure that they have like a buddy system, somebody that will be able to check on them, to be aware of the resources and needs they have.”
Throughout the day, the carnival will delve into various topics related to emergency preparedness. These include general preparedness, crafting emergency plans, and assembling emergency kits. Additionally, there will be a focus on raising awareness about flu vaccinations, as flu season is approaching.
National Preparedness Month serves as an important reminder that we can't predict emergencies, but we can prepare for them.