September designated national preparedness month

September 2, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - With New Orleans still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the public is paying more attention to preparing for emergencies. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross have designated September as National Preparedness Month.

In addition to hurricanes, Americans should be prepared for both natural and human-caused disasters, including tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.

"This observance is a reminder to all U.S. citizens of the necessity to plan for emergencies," said Evie Engel, Oregon State University Extension Service publishing specialist and member of the OSU Extension Service's Emergency Management Project committee.

"With catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina that recently battered the U.S. Gulf Coast, we don't have to look far to find examples of why it is so critical for everyone to have a disaster response plan for the workplace and the home," she added.

Many state and national emergency management organizations are participating in National Preparedness Month including the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). This is a national network linking together Extension Service educators from across the country to allow sharing of educational resources that can help reduce the impact of disasters.

EDEN features a website offering a vast catalog of emergency response and disaster planning information, as well as links to other online sources of emergency planning response information. You can see EDEN online at: http://www.eden.lsu.edu.

Author: Bob Rost
Source: Evie Engel