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NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1, 2011

CONTACT: Heather Foster, (304) 558-0111

Eighth Annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) Encourages West Virginians to Remember and Prepare

Charleston, W.Va.

Since 2004, September has been designated as National Preparedness Month (NPM) to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. The event, now in its eighth year, is a nationwide effort hosted by FEMA’s Ready Campaign and the national Citizen Corps program. To mark the ten year anniversary of 9/11, the theme for this year’s NPM is “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.”

“Emergencies begin at the local level,” said Stephanie Yu, executive director of Volunteer West Virginia. “The first 36 hours after an emergency, responders are helping people most in need. Families should be prepared to take care of themselves during that time. National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity for families and organizations to learn ways to become better prepared for emergencies of all types.”

In the event of an emergency, one of the key messages of NPM is to have enough supplies to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with three important steps:

1. Get an emergency supply kit.

2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.

3. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.

This year, several organizations are coordinating activities that range from training communities to prepare for emergencies to conducting service projects that show appreciation for first responders and others who often step up during times of disaster.

Several activities are featured below.

  • Volunteer West Virginia, in partnership with Canaan United Methodist Church in Charleston, local Boy and Girl Scout troops, RSVP volunteers and other community members will gather on September 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to assemble and deliver thank you notes and baskets of appreciation to 20 local fire, police and emergency medical services stations. The goal for the day is to reach approximately 300 first responders. The service project is open to the public for participation, but groups must provide their own transportation to and from the church and stations. Interested individuals and groups can meet at Canaan United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Roane Street and Maryland Avenue in Charleston. Materials for the baskets and maps to local first responder stations will be provided.
     
  • The Monongalia County Technical Education Center (MTEC) is sponsoring a school-wide fundraiser on 9/11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preparedness pamphlets will be distributed and a 9/11 tribute will be held. Local police, fire and city department officials will serve as guest speakers for the event. Games for children will be provided and adults can enjoy an antique car show as well.
     
  • The City of Charleston is coordinating a 9/11 memorial at Haddad Riverfront Park at 8:30 a.m. on 9/11. The Charleston Metro Band will also perform at Haddad Riverfront Park at 4:30 p.m. that day.
  • Community members can attend a non-denominational church service at the Charleston Civic Center at 6 p.m on 9/11.
     
  • Several emergency preparedness trainings and seminars will also take place throughout the month of September in various parts of the state. For a detailed list of events, visit the NPM Calendar at www.ready.gov.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to sign up as National Preparedness Month Coalition Members, which allows access to resources and connections to thousands of fellow members across the country to share ways to participate and get a community involved in NPM.

Preparedness goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks and extra food in the pantry. By following simple preparedness steps in advance, West Virginians can reduce the impact of emergencies on themselves, their family and their businesses.

For more information, individuals can visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY, for a list of events or to access free materials that will help them prepare their families and communities.

Citizen Corps is a state and local initiative to involve everyone in building a culture of preparedness. West Virginia Citizen Corps is a program of Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service. At the state level, the West Virginia Citizen Corps program promotes the message of citizen preparedness and supports the integration of local trained disaster volunteers into the state’s emergency plans. Across the state, local Citizen Corps Councils and volunteers actively engage in promoting and enhancing community preparedness.

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Mitzi L. M. Vince

Communications Coordinator | Volunteer West Virginia

710 Central Avenue | Charleston, W.Va. 25302

(304) 558-0111 | Toll Free: (800) WV-HELPS | Fax: (304) 558-0101

Email: mitzi.vince@wv.gov | Web: www.volunteerwv.org

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:09 PM

 

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