Office of Homeland Security
Governor Ernie Fletcher Launches National Preparedness Month

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 01, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jason R. Keller
502-564-2081
 


FRANKFORT, Ky.: Throughout the month of September, Kentucky join more than more than 80 organizations and all 55 other states and territories to encourage all Kentuckians to take simple steps to prepare themselves and their families for any possible emergencies.  

“Our commonwealth can only truly be ready and prepared if each and every family has the information and resources needed in the event of an emergency,” said Gov. Ernie Fletcher. “During National Preparedness Month, I want to encourage every Kentuckian to get a kit, make a plan, be informed and get involved. By working together, we can all make a difference.”  

During this month-long event, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross, in partnership with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, will work with a wide variety of organizations – including other local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector – to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation. 

National Preparedness Month will provide Kentuckians with a variety of opportunities to learn more about preparing for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist threats. Events, activities and messages across the nation will encourage individuals to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, be informed about different threats and get involved in preparing their communities. 

Recently, Governor Ernie Fletcher signed a proclamation declaring September as National Preparedness Month in the commonwealth. Additionally, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security will make various preparedness related announcements throughout the month. Kentuckians are invited to learn more about the latest preparedness measures at www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov or by calling the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security at (866) 797-KOHS (5647).  

QUICK FACTS ABOUT NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH AND PUBLIC PREPAREDNESS 

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide coordinated effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.  National Preparedness Month 2005 is being co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross. 

Homeland Security and the American Red Cross are working with more than 190 national organizations and all 56 states and territories to highlight the importance of public emergency preparedness during September.  Events and activities across the nation will provide Americans with a variety of opportunities to learn more about emergency preparedness.   

Public Preparedness

During September, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross will urge all Americans to take some simple steps to become better prepared for emergencies including:

  • 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. Go to www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org/preparedness or call (866) 797-KOHS for a complete list of recommended supplies.
  • Make a Plan - Plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency. Go to www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org/preparedness or call (866) 797-KOHS for more information and templates to help get you started.
  • 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 or call (866) 797-KOHS for more information about natural disasters and potential terrorist threats.
  • 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. Visit www.citizencorps.gov or www.redcross.org/preparedness or call (866) 797-KOHS to find out about training and volunteer opportunities through your local Citizen Corps Council or American Red Cross Chapter.

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