Frank encourages planning during ?Preparedness? month

Marion County Emer?gency Management Director Randy Frank is encouraging residents, their families and co-workers to be prepared in the event of an unforeseen emergency or disaster as part of county commissioner? recent designation of September as ?National Preparedness Month? in Marion County.
?Quite simply, being prepared for an emergency saves lives, said Roger Fleming, commission chairman. ?The county?s Emer?gency Management Depart?ment offers a variety of information to help individuals, families and businesses prepare for a disaster.?
The MCEMD focuses its efforts on supporting activities that better equip local communities, schools, businesses and the special needs population to deal with all kinds of traumatic incidents.
Severe weather damage may block roadways and cause power outages, and transportation accidents and hazardous materials incidents may require protective actions such as evacuation or shelter-in-place.
Frank said preparedness steps include putting together an emergency supply kit, developing a family or workplace emergency and communication plan, conducting drills and exercises, being informed and getting involved by volunteering.
Frank praised first responders, such as local law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel for their dedication and heroism in protecting the lives and property of all citizens.
The following websites are recommended for additional information and downloadable materials on-line:
? U.S. Department of Homeland Security ready.gov.
? American Red Cross: redcross.org
? Business Preparedness Resources: www2.agilityrecovery.com/npm
? National Weather Service: crh.noaa.gov/arx
For more information, contact Marion County Emergency Management 620-382-3462.

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