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Red Cross & FEMA Encourage Preparedness for Red Cross Month


March is American Red Cross Month, a great opportunity for individuals, families and businesses to review disaster plans and build or restock emergency kits.

According to FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, the Red Cross not only provides help, hope and healing when disaster strikes, but also offers a wide selection of CPR, automated external defibrillator, first aid and emergency preparedness training.

“The Red Cross is FEMA’s major partner in coordinating food and shelter during catastrophic disasters, but the key to any successful emergency response, regardless of the nature of the event, is personal preparedness,” said Murphy. “Red Cross classes and resources help people build emergency kits and create emergency plans. These resources can go a long way toward empowering our community to make a real difference when disaster strikes.”

Red Cross CEO Randy Hutson agrees. “We know that any steps you take today to prepare will help mitigate damage when disaster occurs,” said Hutson. “We encourage people to evaluate their own personal preparedness and this month serves as a great reminder.”

Each year the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties brings together 2,500 people to care for their neighbors, train 100,000 people in life-saving skills and respond to a disaster about once every other day. For more safety tips or to purchase a disaster kit, please visit www.seattleredcross.org or www.redcrosswashington.org.

Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council. For more information on the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, visit Ready.gov and CitizenCorps.gov. Follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Media Contacts:

Red Cross Katherine Boury 206.726.3547

FEMA Mike Howard 425.487.4610