September is Preparedness Month ~ Prepare. Plan. Stay informed. ~
Posted on 9/1/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
September 1, 2009
Bismarck, ND - Governor John Hoeven has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in North Dakota to raise awareness on the importance of being prepared in the event of emergencies and disasters.
"It is important for everyone to be prepared for emergencies, not just emergency responders," said Governor Hoeven. "A prepared public is one of the most important parts of emergency response and by getting or making an emergency response kit, making an emergency action plan, the stronger our emergency response team will be."
Getting ready for emergencies includes:
Assembling an emergency supply kit.
Preparing a family emergency plan.
Getting informed about emergencies and their appropriate responses.
Becoming involved in community efforts such as Citizen Corps.
"North Dakota is susceptible to severe weather and the potential for other emergencies and that is why it is important for people to plan and train for such events," Hoeven said. "Preparedness Month provides an opportunity for each citizen to learn more about preparing for all types of emergency situations. If we take steps now to become better prepared, we can minimize the injuries and damage that might result from a potential emergency."
For more information about getting prepared, visit the "Get Ready, Get Set, Get Safe" section of the NDDES website at www.nd.gov/des/get/ and use the links on the left-hand side of the page. For more information about Preparedness Month, please visit www.ready.gov.