Fire Corps Supports National Preparedness Month Initiatives

Friday, 12 August 2005

A powerful hurricane is approaching. "What should I do?" An "F4" tornado is bearing down on your town. "What should I do?" The national threat level is raised. "What should I do?" That one question - "What should I do?" - is asked by thousands of residents every time we are reminded that our lives can instantly be changed by a number of different types of emergencies.

Yet, too many Americans have answered the question, "What should I do?" by doing little or nothing at all. In fact, there are simple steps each of us can take to prepare for whatever might come our way. Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help us minimize the impact they will have on our lives.

That's what this September, National Preparedness Month, is all about: helping us take action! Fire Corps encourages its member departments to take part in National Preparedness month activities, both for its own members and with the communities they serve.

The resources to help you guide your communities toward better preparedness and help answer the "What should I do?" questions are just a click away. Visit www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org to start. They contain a wealth of information about what people can do to prepare.

National Preparedness Month 2005 is a nationwide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. Throughout September, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross will work with a wide variety of organizations to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation, such as first aid trainings, town hall meetings and much more.

So go to www.ready.gov for more information on how you can better educate your community about their personal preparedness during National Preparedness Month.

 

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