Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs
Whether its summer, fall, winter or spring, disasters are not limited to just one season -- and neither is our need to prepare for them. At FEMA, preparedness is always a top priority, and we are constantly encouraging the public to get ready for emergencies.
One of our favorite things about the holiday season are the traditions we create with our families, neighbors and communities. At FEMA, our holiday tradition is our annual "Resolve to be Ready" campaign during which we encourage Americans to give the gift of preparedness - whether to a loved one or themselves.
If you're scrambling to find last minute gifts, basic essentials like flashlights, batteries and even NOAA weather radios make for great - and practical - stocking stuffers. And if you're still looking for a New Year's resolution, why not consider resolving to be ready in 2011? It's a resolution that is fairly easy to keep and could save your life, or the life of a loved one. Click here for preparedness gift ideas or simple steps you can take to resolve to be ready.
Throughout this holiday season, our FEMA leaders from across the country have been getting this message out in their communities. Last week, Ken Murphy, our Region 10 Administrator, made the case to readers of the Oregonian. And earlier this week, Nancy Ward, our Region 9 Administrator, highlighted how Californians are doing their part to get ready for earthquakes and other hazards in the LA Daily News.
No matter which part of the country you live in, tis another season to be ready. And for those of you that already have taken steps to be prepared, share the success stories from your family or business.