Posted: 08/30/2012 - The Board of El Paso County Commissioners will recognize National Preparedness Month (September) during this Thursday's regularly scheduled meeting at Centennial Hall. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security, Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. Commissioner Peggy Littleton said, "In the wake of the Waldo Canyon fire, we have a heightened awareness for how important it is to be prepared for any emergency be that natural disasters such as fires, flooding, blizzards, or man-made emergencies such as a cyber attack on the electrical grid or a financial meltdown. We each are our own first responder and have to be prepared for a YOYO (you're on your own) situation at any time. I implore the citizens of El Paso County to take emergency preparedness seriously. Waiting until the event occurs is simply too late. Make time during September, National Emergency preparedness month, to get your family ready. Go to ready.gov or peggylittleton.org to get preparedness information." In honor of National Preparedness Month the Sky Sox are hosting the 3rd Annual Community Emergency Preparedness Night at Security Service Field on Friday, August 31. This summer was a wake-up call for many in our community on the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency. The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, El Paso County Emergency Services Division, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and American Medical Response are pleased to sponsor the 3rd Annual Community Emergency Preparedness Night at Sky Sox Stadium on Friday, August 31st. This FREE pre-game event will help you get prepared, get trained and get involved. Everyone is welcome even if you are not going to the game*. There is fun and education for the entire family. When - Friday, August 31 at 5:00 p.m. Where - Sky Sox's Security Service Field in Colorado Springs Highlights - o Helicopter flyover from the Penrose St. Francis Flight for Life o Mascots from many agencies will be there to greet the kids Participating organizations and activities for this year's event include: Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management Penrose St. Francis Health Services is doing a blood drive from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and the Trauma Center is doing Bike Helmet Safety Checks American Medical Response will have an ambulance on display Pikes Peak American Red Cross is doing activities for children Care and Share is doing a food drive Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 will show you how to register for the emergency evacuation registry Colorado Springs Fire Department will have a fire truck and Sparky Colorado Springs Fire and El Paso County Wildfire Mitigation teams will be there to talk about mitigation strategies Serve Empower Transform - SET Clinic will be doing free blood pressure checks Colorado Springs Police Department will have a police cruiser there Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Crime Prevention staff will present neighborhood and business watch information Colorado Springs Utilities will have interactive electricity and natural gas exhibits El Paso Teller County E-911 Authority will be doing cell phone registry and the safety trailer Community Animal Response Team will be teaching small animal CPR Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) El Paso County Emergency Services Division, Public Health, Sheriff's Office, Medical Reserve Corps and Search and Rescue will all be offering information and will have displays on getting prepared Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) staff and volunteers will teach fire extinguisher training and provide education on emergency preparedness Salvation Army will be there to show how you can get involved The Independent Center READYColorado *Admission to the Sky Sox game is standard ticket rate if you stay for the game against the Las Vegas 51s. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.