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Making An Important New Year’s Resolution Stick


Before the ball drops and we ring in the New Year, I’m sure many of you have made New Year’s resolutions for 2012. Many which I seem to repeatedly make year in and year out, like working more exercise into my daily routine, eating healthier, saving more or donating a larger portion to charitable causes. However, this year I have a New Year’s resolution idea that could prove to be priceless. Resolve to be Ready in 2012 and commit to making family, home or business better prepared for an emergency.

I know the hardest part of keeping a resolution is sustaining momentum after those first few weeks of the New Year. So here are some ideas for how you can phase in you resolution to be ready for an emergency in 2012:

  • Set a monthly reminder in your calendar to test your home’s smoke alarms – the first of every month in your personal or work calendar can serve as a great reminder to test your smoke alarms.
  • Pick up one item for your emergency kit on each of your shopping runs – building your family’s emergency kit doesn’t need to happen in one fell swoop. Pick up canned food, bottled water, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, and other recommended emergency items over the first month or two of the year (it will also spread the cost of building your emergency supply kit).

I sincerely hope you will join Administrator Fugate and the rest of us at FEMA to Resolve to be Ready in 2012. It’s a resolution we can keep, and one that will definitely prove its worth, should disaster strike.

Last Updated: 
06/18/2012 - 10:12


FEMA, Yes it is very important to keep in mind saf...

FEMA, Yes it is very important to keep in mind safety resolutions. Also dressing properly when outdoors when the tempature drops. Keeping our pets properly kept. Automobile batteries are "ok" freezing tempatures will effect car engins and batteries. Making sure the tires have good traction when driving in the snow. Asking elderly persons who my not be able to leave their home if they are in need of assistance. Happy New Year. Robin L. Knudsen

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