Year's is good time to 'Resolve to be Ready' for emergencies
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[December 31, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- As people around
the world prepare to ring in 2009, the Illinois Emergency Management
Agency is encouraging Illinois residents to join the nationwide
"Resolve to be Ready" campaign, aimed at increasing preparedness
among individuals, families, businesses and communities in the year
"During 2008, nearly every region of Illinois was hit by at least
one disaster, whether it was flooding, record snowfall, ice storms
or severe storms," said IEMA Director Andrew Velasquez III. "These
events impacted the lives of thousands of people in Illinois and
really illustrate the need to be prepared for any type of disaster.
For 2009, I encourage everyone to ‘Resolve to be Ready' to minimize
the impact of emergencies on you and the ones you love."
said that unlike other New Year's resolutions, a preparedness
resolution can be simple to keep. The three steps to preparedness
emergency supply kit so that you and your family have the basic
survival items that are necessary during an emergency, such as:
One gallon of
water per person per day (a minimum of a three-day supply).
At least a
three-day supply of nonperishable food.
and nonprescription medications.
Battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
Develop a family
emergency plan. Determine locations to meet in case it is
impossible to return home or if you have to evacuate. Designate
an out-of-area contact person family members should call to
report their locations if they cannot reach each other. Make
copies of all important documents, such as birth certificates,
Social Security cards and insurance papers, and keep them
off-site in a secure location.
Learn about the types of emergencies
that can happen in your area and their appropriate responses. In
Illinois, this can include natural disasters such as tornadoes,
severe storms, snow and ice storms, as well as other emergencies
such as power outages, nuclear power plant incidents, chemical
spills and others.
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More information on these preparedness steps can be found on the
state's Ready Illinois site,
In addition to information about steps people can take before
emergencies happen, the Ready Illinois site also provides guidance
on what to do once a disaster has occurred and tips for recovery
after the event. A Spanish language version of the site is also
"Emergency preparedness is one of the state's top priorities,"
said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T.
Arnold. "While IDPH and IEMA are working together to ensure that
response agencies have the knowledge and the tools they need to help
keep families safe during a crisis, it is also extremely important
for individuals to take steps on their own to keep themselves and
their families safe during all types of emergencies, including
Resolve to be Ready is a nationwide effort to increase personal
preparedness, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security's Ready campaign.
Emergency Management Agency
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Illinois Office of
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