SEATTLE, Wash. -- With the holiday season upon us and 2011 fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging all Americans to make emergency preparedness one of their New Year's resolutions for the coming year. After this month's tussle with Pineapple Express weather effects, FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy has a few suggestions for those who need a catalyst to convert good intentions into tangible deeds.
"I love the Pacific Northwest— I've lived here much of my adult life, most of which has been dedicated to emergency management," said Murphy. "And we all know that our region—while beautiful, is prone to natural disasters ranging from floods and winter storms to wildfires and earthquakes.
"The key to successful disaster response, regardless of the nature of the event, is personal preparedness," continued Murphy. "During this holiday season, make a resolution to be prepared through a few simple steps: get an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan and be informed of the hazards in your area."
According to a study by researchers at the University of Scranton, Americans who make New Year's resolutions are 11 times more likely to succeed in meeting a goal or tackling a problem than individuals that do not. Resolve to be Ready 2011 is one resolution anyone can keep thanks to the tools and resources available at www.Ready.gov or the Spanish language site, www.Listo.gov. These sites include important information such as how to put together a kit, make a plan and stay informed.
Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is led by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council. Local events are happening all over the country to underscore the importance of getting people of all ages to make a resolution to be prepared for emergencies.
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