The anniversary of 9/11, along with the recent images of disasters from across the United States, remind us that we should be prepared. Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaimed September National Preparedness Month, and the Bellevue Office of Emergency Management is participating in a statewide promotion.
Emergency Management offers tips on preparing for both natural and man-made disasters.
During and immediately after a disaster, first responders may not be able to able to reach those in need for several hours, possibly even days. By accepting responsibility for taking care of ourselves and our loved ones, we contribute to a quicker recovery and lessen the impact of disasters on our communities.
In her proclamation, Gov. Gregoire said, "Citizens, companies and government agencies should review their individual preparedness plans, contact information and emergency kits and need to prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days following an act of terrorism, natural or man-made disasters."
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