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August 24, 2010
Governor proclaims September as National Preparedness Month
Salem, Ore –- Governor Kulongoski has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month (NPM), announced Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) today. NPM is held each September and is designed to raise awareness and promote action surrounding emergency preparedness among citizens, businesses and communities.

"NPM 2010 is focused on helping Americans understand what it truly means to be Ready, which includes putting together an emergency kit, making a family plan, being informed and getting involved," said Brigadier General Michael Caldwell, interim director of OEM. "OEM and other agencies around the state are encouraging citizens to take steps now to ensure that their family and community are prepared to care for each other during the next emergency."

OEM is a member of the National Preparedness Month Coalition and will be participating in emergency preparedness activities across the state. Membership is open to all public and private sector organizations. Groups and individuals can register to become members by visiting http://www.ready.gov/, and clicking on the National Preparedness Month banner.
To see a list of more than 3000 national, regional, tribal, state and local businesses and organizations which have pledged their support and joined the 2010 National Preparedness Month (NPM) Coalition please visit http://www.ready.gov/america/npm10/index.html 

For more information on the Ready Campaign and NPM, please visit http://www.ready.gov/ or http://www.listo.gov/. Information is also available by phone at 1-800-BE-READY or 1-888-SE-LISTO. For information on Citizen Corps, to download the study and to find the over 2,300 local communities who have created Citizen Corps Councils to strengthen collaboration between government and civic leaders and to educate, train, and involve the public, please visit http://www.citizencorps.gov/.
Contact Info: Jennifer Bailey,
OEM Public Affairs Coordinator
503-378-2911 Ext. 22294
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