WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood is informing residents that September is National Preparedness Month. According to a press release from the city of West Hollywood, this year’s theme is Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

West Hollywood is encouraging everyone to take action — make a plan with your neighbors, your family, and for your pets. Plan ahead about how to stay safe and communicate during potential disasters that can affect the community, and store or refresh emergency water and food supplies.

Each week in the month of September will have a different focus:

-Week 1: Make a plan for yourself, family, and friends

-Week 2: Plan to help your neighbor and community

-Week 3: Practice and build out our plans, and

-Week 4: Get involved! Be a part of something larger

Other ways to prepare include residents completing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training and partaking in America’s PrepareAThon, a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience.

For additional information about CERT classes, visit http://fire.lacounty.gov/cert; for information about America’s PrepareAThon, visit www.community.fema.gov; for information about National Disaster Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov/september.

For more information, including an emergency supply kit checklist, instructions on creating a disaster plan, and links to national and local resources, visit www.weho.org/services/public-safety/emergency-services-disaster-preparedness, or contact Lily Campbell, Emergency Management Coordinator, at (323) 848-6831, or lcampbell@weho.org.