Friday, September 14, 2012
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FEMA highlights National Preparedness Month

This September, make your personalized preparedness plans

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[September 14, 2012]  CHICAGO -- September is National Preparedness Month, and as we remember the tragic events of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V reminds everyone to make preparedness a priority.

"We all want peace of mind knowing that our families, our homes and our businesses are safe and protected from threats of any kind," said Andrew Velasquez III, regional administrator of FEMA's office in Chicago. "Throughout the month of September we are encouraging the whole community -- individuals, businesses, community organizations, faith-based groups, and state, local and tribal governments -- to focus on preparing for all types of emergencies and disasters that may impact their communities."

Preparing can start with three important steps:

  • Put together your own personalized emergency supply kit.

  • Plan now so you know what do to before, during and after disaster strikes.

  • Be informed about specific hazards that could affect your community.

Everyone should take responsibility for being prepared, with the understanding that disasters may disrupt essential services. Everyone should have sufficient supplies for at least three days. Taking action now to prepare for emergencies and disasters will increase your chances of surviving and recovering from a disaster.

It's also important to remember you need to be prepared for all seasons.

FEMA has many tools to help you plan, including videos and social media links. The following are just a few examples:

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For more information and ideas, visit Follow FEMA on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest information:,

[Text from file received from FEMA Region V]

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