Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Governor Crist Proclaims September as Florida Preparedness Month

Governor Charlie Crist today proclaimed September 2010 as ‘Florida Preparedness Month.’ In recognition of the month, the Florida Division of Emergency Management will be partnering with more than 3,200 organizations across the U.S. to help create a culture of disaster preparedness.

“With the tropics becoming more active, and as we approach the historical peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, it is vital that all of Florida’s residents and visitors take the time now to prepare their families, homes and businesses for any disaster that may occur,” said Governor Crist. “This month is the perfect time to learn about how to prepare for the potential hazards in your area and to create your disaster plan to ensure you are ready to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

In addition to participating in Florida’s Preparedness Month, the Division is participating in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ad Council’s seventh annual National Preparedness Ready Campaign, which will focus on encouraging Americans to work together to take concrete actions toward emergency preparedness.

“This is an excellent opportunity for all residents to get involved in local efforts such as Citizen Corps, Community Emergency Response Teams, and local faith and community-based organizations,” said Division of Emergency Management Director David Halstead. “By participating in these organizations, Floridians can help prepare for future disasters and learn how to build resiliency in our communities.”

The Division of Emergency Management has created an online program to assist Floridians in creating their family or business disaster plan. Visit and to get started today!

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