SEATTLE, Wash. -- April is Disaster Preparedness Month. This year's theme in Washington State: "Prepare Because You Care," is all about energizing citizens, businesses and local governments to take an "all hazards approach" in preparing for -and mitigating the effects of- potential disasters. According to Glen Woodbury, director of the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) of the Washington Military Department an "all hazards approach" provides for relative self-sufficiency for 72-hours, until help can arrive.
"Our state faces a very real seismic threat. To prepare our citizens for such an event, a state-wide 'Drop, Cover and Hold' drill is scheduled for April 6, 2000, between 9:45 and 10:00 AM, " said Woodbury. "But many of the precautions that protect against the shock and disruptions caused by a major earthquake can mitigate the effects of major floods, fire and winter storms."
Washington Disaster Preparedness Month observances begin with a "Prepare Because You Care" proclamation by Governor Gary Locke advocating greater self-sufficiency in the wake of major disasters. Campaign information packets including posters and resource materials will be mailed to state agencies, schools, hospitals, tribes and businesses throughout the state. For more information, call Barbara Everette Thurman, WEMD disaster campaign coordinator, (253) 512-7000.