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This Year’s National Preparedness Month Sets Record For Number Of Coalition Members

September 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

With today marking the first day of National Preparedness Month (NPM), I wanted to mention that Ready Campaign Deputy Director Rebecca Marquis told me this morning that this year’s NPM has set the record for number of coalition members.
As of last Friday, there were 3684 members breaking the biggest previous figure of 3200 two years ago. [...]

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Tags: Federal Emergency Management Administration

Play “30 Days, 30 Ways” — An Informative, Fun Contest From Clark County (Washington) — Throughout National Preparedness Month

September 1st, 2010 · 3 Comments

During National Preparedness Month, the blog will be highlighting interesting, innovative and fun readiness events and ideas that are going on around the nation. One of those is the “30 Days, 30 Ways” Contest created by Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) in Vancouver, Washington. According to its website:
Each day in September, CRESA is going to [...]

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Tags: City Preparedness · Preparedness Ideas

‘What If You Threw A Citizen Preparedness Event, And No One Came?’ — As National Preparedness Month Begins, A Letter To The Editor Underscores Readiness Challenge

September 1st, 2010 · No Comments

As the U.S. kicks off  National Preparedness Month today, I thought I would reprint a letter to the editor from a newspaper in Canada during that nation’s Emergency Preparedness Week. I think anyone involved in public preparedness will empathize with the challenge of engaging the public on this issue. The letter:
To the editor:
I guess everyone in Scugog [...]

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Tags: Humor · Preparedness Events

With National Preparedness Month Beginning Tomorrow (& Earl Approaching), Ready Campaign Director Darryl Madden Urges Americans To Prepare (”What We Should We Tell The Public?” Series)

August 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

With National Preparedness Month beginning tomorrow, I am posting a short video I shot a couple weeks ago at FEMA headquarters with Ready Campaign Director Darryl Madden in which he urges Americans to prepare and discuss the with their “family & loved ones about they’ll do in the face of an emergency”. The threat of [...]

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Tags: "What Should We Tell The Public?" · Federal Emergency Management Administration

Empire State Building Will Be Lit In “READY New York Yellow” To Kickoff National Preparedness Month

August 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

You know you’ve made it in New York City when the Empire State Building’s lights promote your cause. So, maybe preparedness is catching on in the Big Apple.
The City of New York’s Office of Emergency Management must be thrilled that the Empire State Building will be lit up in “READY New York Yellow” on the [...]

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Tags: City Preparedness · Preparedness Events · Preparedness Ideas

Nearing Record # Of Partners, National Preparedness Month In September Will Highlight Family Communications Plans, New Ways For Public To Get & Give Disaster Info

August 19th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Last week, I visited the three-member Ready Campaign team — Director Darryl Madden, Deputy Director Rebecca Marquis, and Campaign Specialist Chris Bernstein – at FEMA headquarters to get a briefing on the 7th annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) which begins in less than two weeks.
NPM, sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad [...]

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Tags: Federal Emergency Management Administration · Preparedness 2.0 · Preparedness Events

Army Declares August “Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month” For Families On Bases To Complement “National Preparedness Month” — Should Civilian World Follow Suit?

August 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The U.S. Army has declared August as Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month with installations throughout the country running programs stressing vigilance, reporting suspicious activities and protecting Army communities. The campaign is focused on families as well as uniformed personnel on bases.
According to an article on the Army’s website:
In February, the Department of the Army determined Anti-Terrorism Awareness [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Ideas · See Something/Terrorism Tips

American Public Health Association Asking Citizens To Make Online Promise To Prepare Their Family, Friends & Community

August 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

The American Public Health Asssociation (APHA) is asking citizens to make an online promise “to prepare my family, friends and community”. The pledge initiative is part of the APHA’s Get Ready campaign.
It asks the public to do five things: get a flu vaccination and other recommended immunizations, create a family communications and evacuation plan, have an [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Ideas · Public Health Preparedness

Widget For Upcoming National Preparedness Month Now Available

July 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

FEMA’s Ready Campaign has just announced that a National Preparedness Month widget is now available to provide more information about this September’s activities.

The site also has widgets for other FEMA readiness efforts, including hurricane preparedness.

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Tags: Federal Emergency Management Administration · Preparedness 2.0

A Promising Preparedness Idea From The OC: Residents Of Orange County Being Asked To “Promise To Prepare” For Disaster

July 5th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Orange County California officials have an interesting new strategy to get the word out to the public about preparing for disasters — ask the public to give them their word they will prepare.
ReadyOC is launching the “Promise to Prepare” campaign requesting local residents publicly commit on its web site that they will take at least one [...]

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Tags: County Preparedness · Preparedness Ideas