Emergency preparedness class is offered to residents

An Emergency Preparedness Class will be held at the Paradise Valley Town Hall Community Room, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive. (Independent Newsmedia/Melissa Fittro)

An Emergency Preparedness Class will be held at the Paradise Valley Town Hall Community Room, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive. (File photo)

The Town of Paradise Valley will offer a Preparedness Class for residents at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, in the community room at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive.

Residents will learn how a basic level of preparedness makes a profound difference; having a good plan that covers what to do, how to find each other and how to communicate in an emergency, according to a press release that even says to have an out-of-state friend or relative who family members can contact to help communicate with others both in-and-out of the emergency area, if separated during a disaster.

“We do a lot of planning and practicing year round to ensure the Town is ready to respond, but there is absolutely nothing that can take the place of personal preparedness,” said Paradise Valley Emergency Manager Bob Lee in a prepared statement.

Being “ready” means being able to stay or go on a moment’s notice. Officials say this is easily done, but very few people do it. County residents surveyed last year, revealed that few residents have done anything to prepare to shelter themselves in their homes for any length of time, and have done nothing to prepare for an evacuation.

“This means that even a short-term shelter-in-place period could present considerable risk and discomfort” and prove to be a strain on already overwhelmed resources,” Mr. Lee said.

The Town encourages residents to attend the class and do the following:

  • 1.Make a household disaster plan
  • 2.Have an emergency supply kit
  • 3.Make a “Go” bag

“Having a household disaster plan is an easy thing to do and it can make all the difference in the world during an emergency,” said the class presenter, Kirsten Sorensen, with Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management.

To register send the word “Preparedness” in the subject line of an email to rlee@paradisevalleyaz.gov.

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