Gov. Quinn proclaims September 'National Preparedness Month' in
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[September 05, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- In an effort to
increase personal disaster preparedness across the state, Gov. Pat
Quinn has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in
Illinois. The state will join with the Federal Emergency Management
Agency and states across the nation in a monthlong campaign that
encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies
in their homes, businesses and communities.
"The state of Illinois has comprehensive plans for dealing with all
types of emergencies," said Jonathon Monken, director of the
Illinois Emergency Management Agency. "But it's just as important
for people and businesses to develop emergency plans and practice
those plans regularly. Having a plan that includes where to go and
how to communicate during disasters, as well as an emergency supply
kit, could save the lives of your family, friends, neighbors and
IEMA will be working to increase public awareness of emergency
preparedness throughout National Preparedness Month. IEMA will post
daily preparedness tips during September on the
Facebook page and
Twitter each day during September.
IEMA also maintains the state's Ready Illinois website,
www.ready.illinois.gov, a one-stop resource for detailed information
about what to do before, during and after disasters.
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During disasters, IEMA uses the Ready Illinois website, Facebook
and Twitter to provide critical information about the incident,
including shelter locations, road closures, safety information,
photos and more.
IEMA is hosting its annual emergency management conference Sept.
4-6 in Springfield for more than 1,000 representatives from fire,
law enforcement, emergency management, public health and other
response-related disciplines. The agency also will conduct a summit
aimed at seeking solutions to the challenges associated with
assisting people with disabilities during disasters.
Emergency Management Agency file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]