National Preparedness Month: State health dept. urges public to 'Be
Informed, Get Ready' for emergencies
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[September 07, 2012]
CHICAGO -- September is National
Preparedness Month, and Illinois Department of Public Health
Director LaMar Hasbrouck is reminding all Illinoisans to use this
month to make a plan and prepare for natural disasters and
"Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every Illinoisan.
By taking a few simple steps -- creating a disaster supply kit,
making a family disaster plan and staying well-informed about
weather-related and other emergencies -- we can ensure that citizen
preparedness is a priority in every community statewide," Dr.
National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security's Ready America campaign, is a
nationwide effort designed to increase awareness as well as
encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take
action to prepare for emergencies. Last year, 1,800 National
Preparedness Month Coalition members worked to create a culture of
emergency preparedness in the United States by hosting at least
1,000 events and initiatives during and around September.
IDPH and its Office of Preparedness and Response recommend the
following tips to prepare for emergencies:
Make a plan.
Have enough supplies to last at least 72 hours (three days);
designate locations to meet family; designate an out-of-area
emergency supply kit. Include at least 72 hours' worth of
water, nonperishable food, a first-aid kit, prescription and
nonprescription medicine, other tools and sanitation (extra
batteries, hand-crank weather radio, soap, toilet paper, etc.),
clothing and bedding.
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Learn first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to
use an automated external defibrillator; know how to
"shelter-in-place" and how to turn off utilities (water, power,
gas) in your home.
Volunteer in your community as a member of your Community
Emergency Response Team, or CERT.
For more information, including a comprehensive, online tool kit,
Also visit http://www.ready.gov/
for additional information about National Preparedness Month
activities in your community.
Department of Public Health file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]