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Now Is The Time To Be Prepared For The Unexpected

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September 29, 2010
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DENTON, Texas -- It's National Preparedness Month – a month-long initiative sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps.

FEMA and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) join together to remind everyone to Be Prepared!

"Preparedness is everyone's responsibility," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman. "Are you Ready?"


  • Only 57 percent of people report that they have readiness items set aside in their homes for use in a disaster.
  • Just 34 percent of people have readiness supplies in their car.
  • Less than 50 percent of households have an Emergency Plan.

"Now is the time to prepare by making sure your family, neighborhood and community are ready for emergencies and disasters of all types," added John W. Wheeler, Cabinet Secretary for DHSEM.

Make a family emergency plan.Put together an emergency supply kit.Work as a team to keep everyone safe.

Free emergency preparedness information is available to anyone by visiting,, or calling 1-800-BE READY (1-800-237-3239), TTY 1-800-462-7585.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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