First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear supports “9/11 Drill Down for Safety” campaign

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 07, 2010  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today joined First Lady Gayle Manchin of West Virginia in pledging support for the “9/11 Drill Down for Safety” campaign, a program designed to help everyday Americans be ready to handle any emergency.

“It is vital that Kentuckians prepare to cope with a disaster,” said Mrs. Beshear. “The Commonwealth is proud to be among the leaders in helping America to be more resilient, ensuring that when we face any unexpected event, we know how to respond and communicate with each other.”

The “9/11 Drill Down for Safety” effort encourages families, communities and companies to practice how they would respond to an emergency. The program, which is being rolled out nationally by the Safe America Foundation, is beginning its second year. Citizens across Kentucky are invited to review emergency tips and to pledge to drill for safety.

A key feature of the program this year is a texting drill called ‘Text First, Talk Second™.’ This safety initiative encourages people with smart phones to practice texting each other and to make sure all family members know how to send a short-hand message like “IMOK.”

“Last year, over 400,000 people participated in ‘9/11 Drill Down for Safety,” said Safe America CEO Len Pagano. “With the support of Mrs. Beshear in 2010, we’re looking toward having more than 1 million people participate – with the end result being more American families, communities and businesses ready to ‘hang tough’ after any emergency – and return to normalcy.”

For more information or to participate in the “9/11 Drill Down for Safety” campaign, please visit Safe America’s website at or call (770)-973-SAFE.