DHS Launches Updated Emergency Preparedness Web Site

Thursday, 20 July 2006

The tornados, flooding and wildfires recently experienced in parts of the country are another reminder of how critical it is for Americans to prepare for emergencies. On July 17, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Ready Campaign launched an updated version of its Web site, www.ready.gov, to educate Americans about the simple steps they should take to be ready for a variety of emergencies.

"All Americans have a responsibility to take steps now to be prepared for emergencies whether they are caused by nature or by man," said DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness George W. Foresman. "At Ready.gov individuals can find information and resources that detail some of the basic things they can do to keep their family safe for emergencies large and small."

Ready, a national public service advertising campaign, was launched in February 2003 to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies. The campaign encourages individuals to use www.ready.gov to learn how to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be better informed about the types of emergencies that are most likely to occur in their area.

The redesigned Ready Web site includes updated emergency preparedness resources, including special preparedness information for pet owners, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities and special needs. It also provides Americans with increased state and local information so they can learn about the types of emergencies that are more likely to happen in their area and the plans that have been established to deal with these emergencies.

The revised Web site launches in time for National Preparedness Month 2006, a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies. The goal of National Preparedness Month 2006 is to increase public awareness about the importance of family preparedness and to encourage individuals to take action in their homes and schools.

For more information about emergency preparedness for individuals, families and businesses, visit the updated Ready Website at www.ready.gov, or call 1-800-BE-READY.

In addition to the Ready campaign, DHS promotes individual emergency preparedness through Citizen Corps, a grassroots effort that provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training, participate in community exercises and volunteer to support local first responders. Fire Corps is an initiative under Citizen Corps that helps increase the capacity of fire and emergency service departments by engaging citizens in non-emergency roles.

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