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National Preparedness Month - September 2010

Take Time to Prepare for Emergencies Now

Start Simple. Start today!

This September marks the seventh annual National Preparedness Month – one month designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies and disasters. Even though we don't know when or where disasters and emergencies may strike, we do know that we can do more to be prepared for the unexpected.

We encourage all Utahns to take on the challenge this September to be “Be Ready.”  Here are four simple steps to a higher level of preparedness:

  • Make a Plan - Be ready with an emergency plan so you know where to go, what to do and how to communicate with your loved ones in case of an emergency. Practice your plan once a year if you can.
  • Get a Kit - Be ready with an emergency supply kit so you can be self-sufficient for three – five days. Don’t forget some basic emergency supplies in your vehicle as well.
  • Be Informed - Be informed about Utah’s natural hazards and get to know the local emergency manager in your community.
  • Get Involved – Look for opportunities to help others become better prepared and volunteer your expertise and talents. Become a CERT member in your community.


The time and effort we invest now in preparing will help us navigate through and recover quickly from what may come our way at the most unexpected moment. The time to do planning is now before the next disaster strikes.

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Be Ready Utah at the Utah State Fair Sept. 9 - 13
In conjunction with NPM, Be Ready Utah will hold its annual exhibit at the Utah State Fair from September 9-13th. In partnership with Walmart, our lead sponsor, the BRU exhibit offers preparedness information of all kinds to fair-goers, preparedness games for the kids and daily presentations from Maralin "The Earthquake Lady" Hoff.

Be Ready Utah Week Sept. 13 - 18
September 13 marks the kick-off for Be Ready Utah Week. Bringing the goal of NPM home to Utah, Be Ready Utah week is a chance for us to ask our public and private sector partners to promote the Be Ready Utah message in communities around the State.

Social Media
For our fans on Facebook and Twitter, BRU will post daily preparedness goals throughout the month of September. Visit all of our social media sites:

Ready Your Business 12 Point Program to Business Continuity Planning
Our next Ready Your Business 12 Point Program to Business Continuity Planning is scheduled for September 23-24 in American Fork. In partnership with the Bank of American Fork and the American Fork Chamber of Commerce. This training is free to anyone and provides basic tips on how to begin writing a disaster plan for businesses large and small.

Be Ready Utah, Ready Campaign and The Ad Council
Se Listo Utah! Be Ready Utah joins the Ready Campaign and the Ad Council in promoting preparedness to the Latino community in Utah with new Spanish radio and TV spots set to air during NPM. Be Ready Utah has also translated many of its informational handouts into Spanish and will distribute these at local community fairs.

Be Ready Utah/Red Cross Team Up to Ready Utah Schools and Children
As a partnership with Be Ready Utah, American Red Cross, Utah State Office of Education and other business and community leaders, the Be Ready Utah – Be Red Cross Ready School Leader program seeks to educate and prepare students and school communities for disaster. Using American Red Cross “Masters of Disaster” curricula and Be Ready Utah preparedness material, students will learn more about general disaster information, types of disaster and preparedness information.  Program is positioned to pilot in September 2010 with approximately 20 schools. A media event to kick off the program is scheduled to take place in September and will include Utah’s Lt. Governor, American Red Cross, Be Ready Utah and multiple private sector sponsors.

Be Ready Utah Advertising
In conjunction with NPM, Be Ready Utah is working with select local advertisers to promote Be Ready Utah as Utah’s source for preparedness information and resources in magazines and local newspapers.

Be Ready Utah Community Outreach
Be Ready Utah will support multiple community safety and preparedness fairs throughout the State during the month of September with an exhibit, free information on individual and family disaster preparedness and giveaways. Be Ready Utah exhibits will be set up in Salt Lake County, Utah County, Davis County and Washington County during September. Be Ready Utah staff will be filling requests for preparedness presentations throughout the month to faith-based organizations, private sector companies and other community organizations.

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