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Resolve to be Ready 2008

Many individuals, communities and organizations across the nation are spreading the message to Resolve to be Ready in 2008 by hosting events and developing initiatives to educate their neighbors, co-workers and employees on how to prepare for emergencies before they happen. Included below are a few examples of the many ways people have been getting the message out for 2008.

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Resolve to Be Ready 2008 Highlights

Citizen Corps Council in Santa Rosa County, FL

"We have started a business continuity initiative where we are providing a Business Emergency Response Toolkit (BERT) to every business in the county. We solicited sponsorships to raise $6500 to create 2500 BERT bags. After these bags are distributed early in 2008, we have Michigan State bringing their Critical Incident Protocol 'Public/Private Partnership' program to the region. We are hoping that these initiatives combined with the recent addition of a business continuity desk in our EOC will provide a starting point for businesses to get prepared for all hazards."

Warner Robins, GA

"As a member of the Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I felt it was vital that we share this information with our members. At our annual Goals Conference, I made a proposal that this be added to our program of work. This year, we will have information and kits available to all member businesses that are interested in starting a plan or just getting more information for themselves."

Citizens Corps Council in Maine Township, IL

"Maine Township, IL Citizen Corps Council will be hosting several CERT Classes in 2008 including two Skills Roundup Days, as well as Medical Reserve Corps Training. Additionally, our Neighborhood Watch program will have a recruiting drive with training from the Cook County Sheriff's Police. Lastly, at this time, the Council will be assisting another area with the formation of a new Citizen Corps Council that will serve close to 35,000 residents. The Township's Council has been asked to take the lead for this initiative which will include a CERT program, an MRC Program as well as a Neighborhood Watch program. The expectation is that by the end of the year this new council will have trained over 5,000 people. Overall, the sub-organizations under the Maine Township Citizen Corps Council will participate in multiple community events that will include festivals, safety days, National Night Out Against Crime, Walk Against Drug Abuse, fire department open houses and the Susan G. Kommen Walk Against Breast Cancer."

REACT International in Maryland

"We are making it a goal to spread the message out over our radio system which can be picked up on a standard scanner by millions of people in VA, NC, MD, DE, and Washington D.C."

Clifton Park Citizen Corps in Albany, NY

The Clifton Park Citizens Corps planned the following efforts for the 2008 Ready Campaign, and many other activities throughout the year:

  • National Night Out Against Crime will take place on the first Tuesday in August at the Clifton Park athletic complex. We will have emergency preparedness displays, sign–ups for CERT training and Basic First Aid and CPR. In addition, police crime prevention and equipment displays, K–9 demos and Officers speaking with kids and families. The local volunteer fire departments will show case trucks and equipment. Clifton Park's Mobile Fire Prevention Bus–Classroom and the Sheriff's Mobile Command Vehicle will be open for tours and demos. There will be a free throw contest for kid's ages 6 – 13 years with t–shirts for all participants.
  • Brochures and info will be provided to the 8 elementary schools
  • A 9–11 Memorial Service at Spirit Park will recognize the emergency responders in our community. Appreciation awards will be presented to the 'Most Community Minded' Volunteer Fire Department, which signed up the largest number of persons to Town's RUOK? Special Needs Registry during our registration drive — there are 6 in Town.
  • Clifton Park Citizen Corps web site will host Ready materials, links and information, calendar of events, classes and training schedules, as well as photos of volunteers in action throughout the year.

Ohio Department of Public Safety

"We're going to put materials on our site and issue a press release for the week between Christmas and New Year's — as people start thinking of their New Year's resolutions."

Emergency Services Volunteers & Citizen Corps Council in Denton County, TX

"We plan to provide emergency preparedness education at local fairs, retirement centers, Fire Department open houses and many more city and county events."

International Bottled Water Association in Alexandria, VA

"We are running an article featuring the Ready Campaign's messages in our member weekly newsletter, IBWA News Splash."

Citizen Corps Council in Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee

"We are planning to provide a campaign for businesses, media and residents for the Bristol area."

"We are pleased to give our personal guarantee to the Ready Campaign on our involvement in Resolve to be Ready 2008. We'll do all we can to help prepare as many families, schools and businesses throughout the entire US during this next coming year!"

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