Posted: 07 Sep 2011 02:35 PM PDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – September is National Preparedness Month and the first responder and disaster recovery communities were out in full strength today at the Capitol. Emergencies never occur at a convenient time and studies show that most Californians are not adequately prepared for a significant disaster near their home or business. Today, the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and American Red Cross (ARC) co-hosted Be Prepared! on the steps of the State Capitol to remind the public that disasters can strike at any time and personal preparedness is priority to surviving and recovering from an emergency situation.
“Today’s event was a comprehensive approach to educating the public about how they can increase their personal preparedness,” said Cal EMA Acting Secretary Mike Dayton. “Our mission at Cal EMA is to help every Californian get an emergency preparedness kit and develop a thorough emergency plan for their home or business.”
ARC and Target provided premade preparedness kits for attendees at today’s event along side 40 other educational booths sponsored by local first responder and disaster recovery organizations.
“We must all do what we can to prepare our families and make our communities ready for the next emergency,” said Dawn Lindblom, CEO of the ARC Capitol Region Chapter. “The American Red Cross is committed to helping individuals and communities prepare for disasters so they have the tools they need to plan, lead and rebuild our diverse communities.”
In partnership with the California Earthquake Authority and the California Seismic Safety Commission, Cal EMA also premiered “Totally Unprepared,” a unique view of just how unprepared the average Californian can be. The television and web series interviews unsuspecting citizens and quizzes them on how they and their homes are prepared for an earthquake.
Northern California’s Be Prepared! event is just one of three major outreach efforts that Cal EMA is part of for National Preparedness Month 2011. There will also be events in Los Angeles at Exposition Park on September 20 and San Francisco at Bayview/Hunters Point on September 24. For more information on this and other emergency preparedness efforts by Cal EMA or to watch the news conference via a live webcast, visit our National Preparedness Month web page.
Participants include, but not limited to: California Emergency Management Agency, Target, Grainger, American Red Cross, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, CalVolunteers, KVIE, UC Davis, Sacramento CERT, Teen CERT, National Weather Service, CDPH, Cal FIRE, The Great California Shake Out, Sacramento Police Department, FEMA Region IX, Noah’s Wish, California Earthquake Authority, EMSA, Sacramento Air Quality, and the City of Sacramento.
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