Contact: Collette Duvalle, 317-373-2391
INDIANAPOLIS - September is National Preparedness Month, a time designated to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. The Indiana State Department of Health's "30 Days, 30 Ways to Prepare" campaign is taking place throughout September as part of National Preparedness Month and will provide Hoosiers with daily tips for being ready in any potential emergency.
Recent events, such as the extreme summer heat and the devastating tornadoes which occurred in southern Indiana, demonstrate the need to be prepared for natural disasters. However, other emergencies, such as bioterrorism or a chemical or radiological incident, should also be considered and prepared for.
To read the daily tips for preparedness during September, check the Indiana State Department of Health's website at www.StateHealth.in.gov, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ISDH1, or Twitter account at http://twitter.com/#!/statehealthin.
The tips will follow four essential guidelines from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
The State Health Department, along with local health department partners, provides "Everybody Ready" brochures, a helpful guide for families. The brochure includes tips for:
To obtain a copy of the "Everybody Ready" brochure, contact your local health department. To find out how to reach your local health department, visit htt://www.in.gov/isdh/24822.htm.
For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit the Indiana State Department of Health's website at www.StateHealth.in.gov or the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website at http://www.ready.gov/.