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September 4, 2013

Be prepared for an extended emergency

This September is National Preparedness Month and the Southern New Hampshire Region Community Preparedness Program has committed to participate to increase preparedness throughout the U.S.

The event, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

SNHRCPP is participating this year by addressing various preparedness topics at outreach events happening in local communities in September.

One of month’s key messages is: Be prepared in the event an emergency causes you 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 four 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.

4. Get involved.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.

National Preparedness Month events will be posted on snhrcpp.org.

SNHRCPP is a regional effort to increase community preparedness in the Southern New Hampshire region.

Natural disasters will continue to threaten our communities, but with the right information, regional coordination and efficiency of resources, our communities will be better prepared to handle them.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit Ready.gov or call 11-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585.

SNHRCPP has been developed in response to the overwhelming need for community preparedness in the region and in the state of New Hampshire.

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