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September is National Preparedness Month

Most American families lack an emergency plan

 

WASHINGTON – Sept. 4, 2013 – Sixty percent of Americans said they don’t have a family emergency plan in case of a natural disaster or other emergency in a 2013 national survey conducted by the Ad Council. The Ad Council’s survey found that 73 percent of Americans strongly agree that taking simple steps to prepare could help protect them and their family in the event of a disaster, but only 19 percent of respondents believe they are “very prepared.”
To encourage parents to engage their children (ages 7-12) in a conversation about preparing for emergencies, both natural and man-made, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ad Council unveiled a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) – part of their Ready Kids campaign.
September is National Preparedness Month to raise awareness and encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies.
“Educating and engaging youth is an integral step in preparing the nation for all hazards,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Youth have a unique ability to influence their peers and families to be more resilient, and children can play an important role in disaster preparedness, during and after a crisis.”
For more information on the campaign visit Ready.gov/kids.
© 2013 Florida Realtors®

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