Kentuckians encouraged to visit www.ProtectYourFamily.ky.gov
On Sep. 3, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher kicked off the National Preparedness Month (NPM) efforts in the commonwealth. NPM is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.
"Through this effort, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Pharmacy Association will encourage all Kentuckians to visit ProtectYourFamily.ky.gov to be prepared before emergencies happen."
- Gov. Ernie Fletcher
This year’s goals are to increase public awareness about the importance of family emergency preparedness and to urge individuals to make themselves and their loved ones better prepared.
“Every Kentuckian has a responsibility to ensure that their family is prepared for the unexpected,” said Gov. Fletcher. “Through this effort, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Pharmacy Association will encourage all Kentuckians to visit www.ProtectYourFamily.ky.gov to be prepared before emergencies happen.”
NPM provides Kentuckians with information about preparing themselves, their families and their communities for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential man-made threats.
"The Department for Public Health is pleased to be teamed up with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association to promote National Preparedness Month activities across the commonwealth," said William D. Hacker, M.D., commissioner for public health and acting undersecretary for health at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. "National Preparedness Month is an ideal time to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks, and to encourage individuals to take action to prepare themselves and their families.”
Each agency has coordinated activities across the state to encourage individuals to take the following preparedness steps:
Make a Plan - Plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency. Your plan should include a communications plan and address sheltering-in-place and evacuation. Go to www.ProtectYourFamily.ky.gov for more information and templates to help get you started.
Get a Kit - Get a kit of emergency supplies that will provide for you and your family for at least three days in the event an emergency occurs. The kit should include basic items like water, food, extra medications, a battery-powered radio, flashlight and a firstaid kit. Go to www.ProtectYourFamily.ky.gov for a complete list of recommended supplies.
Get Involved - After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step: get training in first aid and emergency response and get involved in preparing your community. Citizen Corps provides residents with opportunities to prepare, train and support local emergency responders. For more information or to get involved visit www.ProtectYourFamily.ky.gov to find your regional Citizen Corps council.
“Emergencies can range from inconvenient to devastating,” said (Ret) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. “But, Kentuckians can take some simple steps in advance to prepare and minimize their impact on our families. By visiting www.ProtectYourFamily.ky.gov, you can make a big difference in ensuring the safety and well-being of you and your loved ones.”
A full listing of preparedness events taking place across the state is available online at www.citizencorps.gov.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Gov. Fletcher to lead the commonwealth's coordination and collaboration efforts with public and private preparedness partners to ensure Kentucky is ready and prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov.