WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On the heels of the 2009 All-Star Game, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is joining with Minor League Baseball and the Boy Scouts of America to kick off the second half of their campaign to ensure fans and their families are Ready when emergencies strike.
In partnership with FEMA's Ready Campaign, dozens of baseball teams and local Boy Scout councils across the nation are stepping up to the plate and encouraging fans to prepare for all types of emergencies and disasters. The Ready Campaign is a national public awareness effort designed to help Americans prepare their families before the next emergency or disaster, by making a kit and getting a plan.
"As we enter hurricane season, the partnership with Minor League Baseball will help educate thousands of baseball fans about the need to prepare our families now, before disaster strikes," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "Preparing your family now, will have an impact on the outcome of the next disaster. That's why through FEMA's Ready Campaign we are encouraging all Americans to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about the different types of emergencies that can occur in their areas. We appreciate the continued support of Minor League Baseball, the Boy Scouts and all of the organizations helping us to spread this critical message to American families."
"Minor League Baseball is proud to team up with the Boys Scouts of America in advancing the Ready Campaign," said Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner. "Through the years we have seen Minor League Baseball communities seriously impacted by hurricanes and other natural disasters. We are convinced the Ready Campaign is a valuable resource to citizens in harms way, and our teams enthusiastically support spreading this important message."
Throughout the 2009 season, Minor League Baseball teams are participating in a variety of ways, including featuring the Ready public service advertisements on their monitors and in game programs, as well as partnering with local Boy Scouts, Emergency Management Agencies and Citizen Corps Councils to distribute Ready's emergency preparedness materials. These brochures and educational materials provide valuable information to help individuals and families prepare for emergencies and are also available at www.ready.gov.
Local Boy Scouts taking part in this effort can work toward earning their Emergency Preparedness merit badge and a Good Turn for America Award, which fosters joint community service projects between the Boy Scouts and organizations like the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"Personal preparedness is a fundamental principle we teach all of our scouts, so it makes great sense that our scouts would help share that message with others through our partnership with the Ready Campaign," said Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America.
To learn more about how your local team can get involved and to find out what teams are doing, please visit www.ready.gov.
- Altoona Curve - On August 1, The Curve will host a Scout Sleepover night. The scouts plan to distribute Ready materials to fans in attendance at that day's game.
- Mahoning Valley Scrappers - On August 14, The Scrappers will host Scout Night and share information about the Ready Campaign. The Scouts are exited to help by distributing Ready materials to fans. In the past, about 200 Scouts were in attendance for Scout Night, plus their families. The Scrappers are looking forward to another fun and successful year.
- Mississippi Braves - During this year's Ready Campaig...