Steps Toward Preparedness

September 2014 marks the eleventh annual National Preparedness Month.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants Americans to be prepared for natural disasters that have devastated parts of the country this year. FEMA Spokesperson Mary Hudak says everyone needs to know that disasters can strike at any time. FEMA’s The Ready Campaign recommends taking four steps towards preparedness: 1) assemble an emergency supply kit; 2) make a family emergency communication plan; 3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses; and 4) get involved by practicing a protective action through America's PrepareAthon. Hudak says that people can find more information at an easy to find FEMA source. Throughout National Preparedness Month, the Ready Campaign is encouraging Americans to "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare." Hudak (HOODAK) adds, National Preparedness Month will culminate with the National PrepareAthon Day on September 30. FEMA says if everybody does one thing it will help improve the preparedness level in this country dramatically. Also, state and local emergency management offices can help. For more information call 1-800-BE-READY.

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