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The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is participating in National Preparedness Month, now in its 11th year.

National Preparedness Month, celebrated each September, is a nationwide program hosted by the Ready Campaign to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. The West Virginia DHSEM is participating this year by promoting preparedness and helping others learn how to prepare for disasters, advising that everyone should be prepared to be without key resources like electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or even emergency responders for up to three days in the event of an emergency.

Among their suggestions:

* Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during, and after an emergency.

* Make plans for what to do in an emergency.

* Build an emergency supply kit.

For other suggestions visit Ready.gov/prepare.

“Preparedness education is important and serves as a foundation to completing activities that make the community and citizens better prepared, such as making an emergency plan and building a kit,” said West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato. “The impact of simple preparedness activities is huge in helping citizens recover after an emergency strikes.”

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