Press Release

September 4, 2012
Sabrina L. Miller (312) 814-8194

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:

  • Make a plan. Have enough supplies to last at least 72 hours (3 days), designate locations to meet family, designate an out-of-area contact.
  • Create an emergency supply kit. Include at least 72 hours worth of water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, prescription and non-prescription medicine, other tools and sanitation (extra batteries, hand crank weather radio soap, toilet paper, etc.), clothing and bedding.
  • Get training. Learn first aid, CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), know how to “shelter-in-place” and how to turn off utilities (water, power, gas) in your home.
  • Volunteer. Volunteer in your community as a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.

For more information including a comprehensive, online tool kit, visit Also visit for additional information about National Preparedness Month activities in your community.

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Illinois Department of Public Health
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Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466
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