April is Washington state preparedness month

Published on Thu, Apr 10, 2003
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April is Washington state preparedness month

April is disaster preparedness month in Washington. This all-hazards campaign will continue through the month and feature a statewide �Drop, cover and hold� drill April 3 between 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Many state agencies are taking a proactive approach to preparedness. The state department of information services (DIS), in partnership with the emergency management division, is hosting a series of personal disaster preparedness training sessions for agency staff. These sessions provide an opportunity for DIS employees to learn about personal disaster preparedness and how to cope in the aftermath of an emergency. Other activities include the observance of National Telecommunicator�s Week, April 13 � 19, by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers.

State and local governments agencies, schools, hospitals, businesses and the general public will participate in the �Drop, cover and hold� drill that will be initiated by an emergency alert system test on radio and television stations across the state.

�Emergency preparedness is the most important action we can take,� said governor Gary Locke. �Access Washington contains some of the best preparedness resource sites and links on the internet to increase your knowledge and awareness of proper safety measures in the event of an emergency situation.�

Citizens can find the emergency resources pages on Access Washington, www.access.wa.gov by clicking the �Be Prepared� and �Emergency Resources� links. The emergency resources, www.access.wa.gov/emergency/ pages contain a wide range of federal, state and local emergency preparedness information including homeland security threats, earthquake, flood, drought, wildfires and more.

For more information about emergency preparedness, contact your local emergency management office or check the Washington management division website at www.wa.gov/wsem/.