Friday, January 01, 2010

Make a resolution you can keep: Resolve to be Ready in 2010

Father Time is in the neighborhood again, reminding us to yank those calendars from our walls and replace them with fresh scenes of puppies, kittens and flowers (or even public health!) With the new year also comes a fresh slate of New Year’s resolutions, which unfortunately can be as easy to break as they are to make.

So this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with its Resolve to be Ready campaign, is providing all the tools and resources you need to make emergency preparedness a resolution with staying power. The campaign promotes three important steps: get a kit, make a plan and be informed about the different types of emergencies that can happen in your community.

Whether resolving to help your family, your business, your school or your community prepare for emergencies, the campaign can help you develop internal and external messages about getting ready. Among the many offerings are Web banners and posters, media advisory templates, emergency preparedness quizzes, fact sheets, sample articles and public service announcements about the importance of getting ready for any emergency.

The Web site includes a preparedness newsletter packed with important tips you can share, such as:
• Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Sit everyone down and hammer out a plan for getting in touch with each other. Decide where you will go and what you will do in an emergency.
• Determine a neighborhood meeting spot, a regional meeting place and an evacuation location.
• Identify an out-of-town emergency contact who can help communicate among separated family members.
• Get an emergency supply kit and be sure to include items such as prescription medications, glasses, infant formula, diapers, pet food and extra water for Fluffy.
• Store important family documents, including copies of your will, insurance policies, identification cards and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
• Pack puzzles, games and books for the kids.
• Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in the event of an emergency.

Remember: Emergencies can happen at any time, so resolve to be ready all year.

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