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September 02, 2010

Governor Douglas Proclaims September as National Preparedness Month

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas has proclaimed September to be “National Preparedness Month” in Vermont. Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools. Governor Douglas and the Department of Public Safety are encouraging Vermonters to ready themselves for the likely hazards in Vermont as well as those that could take us by surprise.

“Snow storms, floods, and other natural and man made phenomenon can and do occur in Vermont,” said Governor Douglas. “These can happen anywhere at any time. While we can’t always avoid them, being prepared can help lessen the affects of these events on individuals, families, businesses and communities.”

As part of this recognition, the state of Vermont will be conducting a catastrophic exercise the weekend of September 24th to assess its readiness for a large-scale disaster in the state.

Getting ready for a disaster can be as simple as buying extra water or batteries during a trip to the grocery store, but there are many more steps you can and should take to ensure you don’t fall victim to disaster.

1. 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. The kit should include basic items like water, food, battery-powered radio, flashlight and a first aid kit. Everything you need to know can be found in the Vermont Emergency Management Family Disaster Preparedness Workbook. You can download a copy, or get a hard copy by calling VEM at (800) 347-0488.

2. Make a Plan - Plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency. Your plan should include a communications plan and address sheltering-in-place and evacuation.

3. Be Informed - Learn more about different threats that could affect your community and appropriate responses to them.

4. 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.

For more information on Ready Month and for more preparedness tips, go to, or

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: September 02, 2010 14:02:05