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Emergency Management encourages Lake County residents to heed advice of national 'Ready' campaign

RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2006

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, is asking each Lake County citizen to make one specific New Year’s resolution this upcoming year.

Every year nearly half of all Americans will make at least one New Year’s resolution. For 2007, emergency officials are encouraging residents to actively prepare for emergencies. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is promoting individual emergency preparedness through its Ready campaign. The campaign asks individuals to do three key things:

• Stockpile a disaster supply kit
• Develop a family emergency plan
• Be informed about all the different types of emergencies that could occur in your community

In a recent national survey conducted by The Ad Council, 91 percent of Americans agreed that taking some simple steps to prepare could help protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency. However, only 55 percent had taken at least one of the three steps recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready campaign.

“We encourage Lake County residents to take time to focus on emergency preparation,” said Jerry Smith, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Division. “Following these simple steps and preparing for an emergency before it occurs will greatly increase your ability to help your family cope with the situation.”

Log on to www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies and receive free materials, including family emergency plan templates and sample business continuity plans.

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