September is National Preparedness Month
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[September 21, 2007]
More than 1,700 organizations
are participating in the fourth annual Homeland Security National
Preparedness Month. This campaign occurs annually in September and
encourages American citizens to prepare for all types of emergencies
in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. The Logan
County Health Department has joined the effort and has become a
member of the
Preparedness Month coalition.
The Department of Homeland Security promotes individual emergency
preparedness through the Ready
Campaign and the Citizen
Corps program throughout the year.
"Too many individuals
remain in a state of denial when it comes to personal preparedness,"
said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "Able-bodied
Americans need to be prepared to take care of themselves and their
families after an emergency, so that first responders can focus on
those who need assistance most. With the help of our coalition
members, we encourage Americans to get an emergency supply kit, make
a family communication plan and be informed about the different
types of emergencies that may affect them."
During September, the Logan County Health Department is sharing
preparedness information with the Logan County community. The
National Preparedness Month banner has been placed on the
Logan County Health
Department online site for easy access to the
Ready Campaign. Also, the
County Health Department Preparedness Program Web page provides
information on pandemic influenza, reportable disease, special needs
and other public health preparedness topics. Preparedness materials
are available for education and outreach as requested and can be
obtained at the Logan County Health Department.
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The Logan County Health Department will have its first Logan County
Medical Reserve Corps new member orientation on Thursday, Sept. 27,
at 6:30 pm. "We are encouraging medical and nonmedical volunteers 18
years of age or older to attend the event and join the MRC," stated
Molly Jo Lamb, emergency response coordinator for the health
department. "No experience is necessary, just a willingness to serve
and help your community in a public health emergency!"
Becoming more prepared is easy. The Logan County Health
Department recommends that you get a kit, make a plan, be informed
and get involved.
"Preparing makes sense -- start NOW!" asserted Ms. Lamb. "The
only way to be ready for an emergency is to be prepared for one."
If you have any questions or would like further information,
please contact 217-735-2317.
[Text from file received
from the Logan
County Health Department]