Richland County is providing free emergency preparedness brochures and accompanying display holders to businesses, community groups, civic organizations and houses of worship to distribute life-saving information to residents at places they regularly frequent.

The Be Emergency Ready campaign is part of the County’s continuing efforts to recover from the historic October 2015 flood. The campaign aims to ensure residents, especially those lacking daily access to computers, smartphones or other mobile devices, have information readily available to plan for a disaster.

The free Be Emergency Ready brochure has information on developing a personalized disaster plan, a list of items to include in an emergency kit and numbers to call for assistance.

Neighborhood businesses and organizations that want to serve as distribution sites for the free Be Emergency Ready brochures can pick up supplies from 1 pm to 3 pm Monday through Friday at the Richland County Administration Office, Suite 4069 on the Fourth Floor of the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton Street, in Columbia.

Funding for the brochure campaign is provided in part by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which assists communities in implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures following a presidential major disaster declaration.