Bismarck, ND - Every year nearly half of all Americans will make at least one New Year's resolution. This year, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) is asking citizens across our state to "Resolve to be Ready."
Floods, winter storms, and wildfires - no matter what Mother Nature has in store, preparing ahead of time can mitigate her nastier surprises, speed recovery, and reduce losses. By following the Ready Campaign's three steps, preparing for an emergency can be a simple and realistic resolution you can keep all year long: 1) Get an emergency supply kit; 2) Make a family emergency plan; and 3) Be informed about the types of emergencies that can happen in your area and their appropriate responses.
Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help us minimize the impact they will have on our lives. Preparedness is contagious, what starts with one family can spread throughout a neighborhood, and every prepared neighborhood frees up emergency responders to take care of those who are in dire need. Remember, Resolve to be Ready in 2010! For more information, visit www.ready.gov or the Spanish-language web site www.listo.gov or call 1-800-BE- Ready or 1-888-SE-LISTO. The Web site includes free information, checklists and guidelines about the two other key components of preparedness - developing a family emergency plan and being informed. You may also visit the "Get Ready, Get Set, Get Safe" section of the NDDES website at: www.nd.gov/des/get/resolve-to-be-ready/.
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The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services provides 24/7 emergency communications and resource coordination with more than 50 lead and support agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary organizations to assist local jurisdictions in disaster and emergency response activities. It administers federal disaster recovery programs and the Homeland Security Grant Program.