Be prepared

LANSING – With the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks this weekend, Sen. John Proos today urged area residents to take the necessary steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency. 

“The aftermath of 9/11 illustrated the importance of our roles in preparing our families and communities for all types of emergency situations,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage all Southwest Michigan families to take a few simple steps to be ready if disaster strikes. This begins with developing a family plan and preparing a supply kit with essentials for survival without assistance.

“As we saw on Sept. 11, 2001, being prepared with a plan of action can help families navigate through the chaos of a disaster. Once you have a plan in place, I urge you to practice it so every family member understands where to go, what to do and how to contact the rest of the family in case of an emergency.”

According to the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (EMHSD) of the Michigan State Police, being ready can be as simple as following the four steps to preparedness:

  • Find out what emergencies may impact your community;
  • Develop a plan for what to do during an emergency;
  • Practice and maintain your plan so everyone knows what to do; and
  • Create an emergency kit with essential items, such as food, water and medications.

For more information on Preparedness Month initiatives and simple steps to prepare, visit www.michigan.gov/michiganprepares or the EMHSD website at www.michigan.gov/emhsd.

Free emergency preparedness information and resources for developing an emergency plan and kit are also available at www.ready.gov or by calling toll-free 1-800-BE-READY.

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Editor’s Note – Video comments by Sen. Proos and Berrien County Undersheriff Chuck Heit are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com