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Get Ready for Get Ready Day 2010 and National Preparedness Month

Get Ready Day BannerSeptember is National Preparedness Month (NPM). September 2010 marks the seventh year of the annual event. National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities: “Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.”

The Get Ready campaign, sponsored by the American Public Health Association, provides information, resources, and tools to ensure that individuals, families, and communities in the United States are better prepared for a potential influenza pandemic, emerging disease outbreak, natural disaster, or other hazardous health situation. There’s even a brand-new video about the importance of emergency preparedness, based on the story of the ant and the grasshopper, which can be downloaded and distributed: http://www.getreadyforflu.org/GetReadyVideo.htm .  Held annually on the third Tuesday in September, Get Ready Day is timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month.

Visit the website at http://www.getreadyforflu.org/newsite.htm for ideas on planning an event, as well as free downloadable materials including fact sheets, games for kids, and more. The Get Ready Event Guide is available as a downloadable PDF which includes an event checklist, planning tips, a sample news release and donation letter and a list of suggested activities.

Additional information on National Preparedness Month can be found at http://www.ready.gov/america/npm10/ . Individual libraries can register to be a National Preparedness Coalition Member at http://ready.adcouncil.org . The free registration provides access to a 51-page how-to manual on promoting disaster preparedness, posters, logos, a PowerPoint presentation, and web banners. Nearly 2,700 organizations registered in 2009, including schools, government agencies, faith-based organizations, non-profits, military and others.

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