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Southern Missouri Region
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield MO 65803
417-832-9500 Ext. 107
Contact: Nigel Holderby
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American Red Cross Hosts and Joins Preparedness Events
This National Preparedness Month Build a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed
American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region 9/5/2012 — This National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross is calling on families, businesses, schools and organizations to take steps now to become better prepared for the next emergency or disaster.
Disasters can strike at any time – from earthquakes to hurricanes to terrorist attacks like those that occurred on 9/11 ten years ago. National Preparedness Month provides our nation with the opportunity to both remember the victims and honor those who responded, and to make a renewed commitment to being better prepared for the future.
Please plan to bring your family to one of the many Preparedness Events in your community!
· Joplin, MO – September 15, 2012: Community Preparedness and Safety Expo 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
o Join us and our many community partners for a day filled with free food and fun! Learn about building a plan with your family and see what steps you need to take for overall preparedness and safety.
· Lebanon, MO – September 15, 2012: Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce Expo 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
o Red Cross Volunteers from your community will be on hand to answer your preparedness questions. Join us to learn more about Red Cross Ready Rating for YOUR business or organization.
· Springfield, MO – September 22, 2012: ANPAC Car Show for Kids 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
o Red Cross Volunteers and Pluggy, the Fire Safety Robot, will be hanging out with the kids talking and singing about safety and being prepared. Come learn how to make a plan with YOUR family.
For more ways to get involved, follow your local Red Cross on Twitter @SOMORedCross for a preparedness tweet a day! We will be providing tips on building a disaster kit. Watch for #NPM12 and #gameplan.
The Hurricane App for iPhone and Android smart phones helps people create a plan and share it with household members and over social networks. A Family Disaster Plan template in (English and Spanish) may be downloaded, completed and shared with household members. This PDF document may be saved and updated. Get guidance on making a plan from our Be Red Cross Ready resources.
Make a disaster plan and enter a prize drawing for a new Apple iPad®!
To encourage people to make or update a disaster plan during National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross will sponsor a prize drawing for a new iPad, onto which may be downloaded free Red Cross Preparedness Apps.
iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.
No one can predict where or when the next large disaster will strike, but preparedness steps taken today can save lives and livelihoods tomorrow. People can contact their local Red Cross or visit www.redcross.org to learn what steps they should take to be ready when emergencies strike.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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