Monday, December 30, 2013

Resolve to be ready in 2014!

FEMA/Jana Baldwin
Many of us like to start the New Year with a few resolutions in mind. During this time of self-reflection, APHA’s Get Ready campaign encourages you to resolve to be ready in 2014!
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready campaign reminds us about the importance of family connections prior to and during a disaster. It’s critical for parents to include their children in conversations about getting ready for emergencies. FEMA’s campaign reinforces that resolving to be ready in 2014 can be really simple — just think about three things when making your plan: who to call, where to meet and what to pack.
Social media is a great way to spread the word about preparedness. Here are some tips, courtesy of FEMA:
  • Join FEMA’s Thunderclap and share a New Year's resolution about preparedness. When you sign up, Thunderclap will sync your social media accounts and release an automatic Facebook post, tweet or both on Jan. 1 at 12:30 p.m. EST reminding your friends and followers to make a family emergency plan.
  • Use #Prepared2014 in your social media posts throughout 2014 to remind friends and followers to be prepared for emergencies all year long.
  • Update your Facebook profile and cover pictures with Resolve to be Ready graphics.
  • Follow the Ready campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
Check out APHA’s Get Ready campaign’s recent podcast on family communication for tips on creating a reliable plan.
And don’t forget that if you need more preparedness info, APHA’s Get Ready campaign has great, free fact sheets.
Have a safe, happy and healthy New Year!

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