September’s preparedness events help families plan for disaster

September's preparedness events help families plan for disaster In accordance with the nationwide September citizen preparedness efforts, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and the South Dakota American Red Cross are collaborating to educate�South Dakotans�about the importance of preparing for any emergency during�South Dakota's Citizen Preparedness Week, Sept. 3-10.

According to Public Safety Secretary Tom Dravland, families can protect their loved ones by designing a family communications plan and putting together an emergency kit. Dravland said that having a plan is the best way to be ready�for any type of disaster.

�Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and then review what you will do in different emergency situations,� Dravland said.�

The Department of Public Safety and the South Dakota American Red Cross will be available to the public at their�Public Safety�booth at the State Fair, Sept. 3-10.

�Kids have an opportunity to take the lead in disaster preparedness in our state� said South Dakota American Red Cross state relations liaison, Mary Tveit. �The American Red Cross believes children can be very influential in promoting their family communications plans and preparing an emergency kit.�

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross are co-sponsoring efforts during September 2005 to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies.

in their homes, businesses and schools.�

South Dakota Department of Public Safety�s mission is to keep South Dakota a safe place to live, work, visit and raise a family. Visit www.state.sd.us/dps�for more information about the department and its agencies.

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