FEMA highlights National Preparedness Month
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
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
www.ready.gov. Follow FEMA on
Facebook and Twitter to get the latest information:
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