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Greater Springfield Chamber Participates in National Preparedness Month
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This September, as our nation marks the ten year anniversary of 9/11, the Greater Springfield Chamber has committed to participate in National Preparedness Month (NPM), an event founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S. The event, now in its eighth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. The Chamber is participating this year by reaching out to its membership through its print and electronic communication toolbox.

One of NPM’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with three important steps:

1. Get an emergency supply kit

2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency

3. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s NPM focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging businesses, individuals and communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. Preparedness information and events will be posted to www.ready.gov.

“Small businesses are the heart of our economy.  They supply so much of our daily needs.  It’s critical that our local businesses have an emergency plan,” reminds Anna Kaviani, president of the Greater Springfield Chamber and a local small business owner.

In July the Chamber hosted a Business Preparedness Seminar with the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management educating its membership of the importance of having an emergency plan for both natural and manmade disasters.  The Chamber uses its bi-monthly print newsletter to share this message and used its Facebook page to get information out following the recent earthquake and before, during and after Hurricane Irene.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585.

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