Office of Homeland Security
Resolve to Be Ready In 2006

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller

FRANKFORT, Ky.: On December 31, 2005 nearly half of all adults in this country will make at least one New Year’s resolution.  Today, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security encouraged Kentuckians to make a resolution that is both important and easy to keep, preparing for emergencies.

“As 2006 approaches, we continue to look for innovative ways to empower families and businesses to prepare for emergencies,” said (Ret) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  “In this time when Kentuckians are making resolutions to better their lives, the message of preparedness is truly fitting. Making an emergency plan for their home or business is just one of the simple steps individuals can take to help ensure that they are as prepared as possible if an emergency occurs.”

In a recent national survey conducted by The Ad Council, 80 percent of Americans agreed that taking some simple steps to prepare could help protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency.  However, only 58 percent had made an emergency supply kit, developed a family emergency plan or learned more about potential threats, the three steps recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready campaign.  A survey of small businesses found more than 90 percent recognized the importance of business emergency preparedness.  But, less than 40 percent said their company had an emergency plan in place.

By visiting or, individuals and businesses can learn how to prepare their families and workplaces for emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.  Materials, including family communication plan templates and sample business continuity plans, are available on the website providing all Kentuckians with the resources needed to make New Year’s resolutions that will bring piece of mind.