Resolve to Be Ready in 2012
As 2011 – one of the most active years for disasters in recent history – comes to a close and people get ready to ring in a new year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging everyone to Resolve to be Ready by making a new year’s resolution to be prepared for emergencies.
As a recent report by the National Climatic Data Center highlights, 2011 has seen more billion-dollar natural disasters than any year on record. This year alone, the U.S. experienced its first hurricane landfall since 2008, the most deadly series of tornadoes since the 1950s, significant earthquakes and severe flooding – hazards that impacted every region of the country. All of these events have served as important reminders that disasters can strike anytime, anywhere.
And here in Fairfax County, we had our share of incidents in 2011: snow, earthquake, hurricane and floods.
By making a resolution to take a few simple steps in advance, you can minimize the impact of an emergency on your family, home or business. To take the pledge, visit www.ready.gov/resolve or http://www.listo.gov/, which includes free information, checklists, and guidelines about how to put together a kit, make a plan, and stay informed.
To help you make a plan, Northern Virginia governments have teamed up to create family and business preparedness planners.