FEMA encourages 2012 readiness

Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 12:00 am

As 2012 follows one of the most active years for disasters in recent history, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to “Resolve to be Ready” by taking simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

A recent report by the National Climatic Data Center said that 2011 saw more billion-dollar natural disasters than any year on record.

FEMA Region 6 Regional Administrator Tony Russell is urging state residents to prepare by taking three simple steps: get an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan, and be informed about the hazards in your area.

"One of the most important lessons from 2011 is that disasters can impact all of us, no matter where we live," said Russell. "They can range from natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, or tornadoes. We can't control where or when they might hit, but we can take steps in advance to prepare for them - efforts that can go a long way toward protecting families, businesses, homes and other property. Resolving to be Ready in 2012 could be the most important pledge you make this year."

Advance preparations mean that people can minimize the impact of an emergency on themselves, their families, or their businesses.

Visit Listo.gov es la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias - FEMA for more information and to take the pledge visit www.ready.gov/pledge .

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