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Sept. 9, 2005

Safety Tips from the Local Emergency Planning Committee:

September Is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Ironically, hundreds of volunteers and organizations across the U.S. have been planning projects for several months to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies.

The tragedy and devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina remind us all that we need to know ahead of time how to respond to emergencies that could affect our area.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross recommend that families take these steps to make sure they are prepared if a disaster strikes:

  • Get a Kit - Get a kit of emergency supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for at least three days in the event an emergency happens. The kit should include basic items like water, food, battery-powered radio, flashlight and a first aid kit. Go to www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org/preparedness for a complete list of recommended supplies.
  • Make a Plan - Plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency. Your plan should include a way to communicate with each other and address sheltering-in-place and evacuation instructions. You can get more information and templates to help you get started at these Web sites: www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org/preparedness.
  • Be Informed - Learn more about different threats that could affect your community and appropriate responses to them. Go to www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org/preparedness for more information about natural disasters and potential terrorist threats including biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological emergencies.
  • Get Involved - After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step: get training in first aid and emergency response and get involved in preparing your community. You may volunteer through the Onondaga-Oswego Chapter of the American Red Cross chapter by calling 343-0967. The Oswego County Local Human Needs Committee, a group that is working to meet the "people needs" in a disaster, also needs volunteers. For more information or to get involved, call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150.

More tips on Family Disaster Planning and weather emergencies are available on the Oswego County Emergency Management Office web page at www.oswegocounty.com or by calling 591-9150.

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