State Public Health Department Urges Public to “Be Informed, Get Ready” for Emergencies During National Preparedness Month
CHICAGO – September is National Preparedness Month and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is reminding all Illinoisans to use this month to make a plan and prepare for natural disasters and emergencies.
“Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every Illinoisan. By taking a few simple steps –creating a disaster supply kit, making a family disaster plan, and staying well informed about weather-related and other emergencies – we can ensure that citizen preparedness is a priority in every community statewide,” Dr. Hasbrouck said.
National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready America campaign, is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness as well as encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action to prepare for emergencies. Last year, 1,800 National Preparedness Month Coalition Members worked to create a culture of emergency preparedness in the United States by hosting at least 1,000 events and initiatives during and around September.
IDPH and its Office of Preparedness and Response recommends the following tips to prepare for emergencies:
For more information including a comprehensive, online tool kit, visit http://ready.illinois.gov/ Also visit http://www.ready.gov/ for additional information about National Preparedness Month activities in your community.
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