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FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Encourages Americans To Resolve To Be Ready In 2011

WASHINGTON -- With the new year fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging all Americans to make emergency preparedness one of their New Year's resolutions for the coming year.  Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is a nationwide effort to urge individuals, families, businesses and communities to focus on being ready and aware of all the hazards that exist in their communities.

"Emergencies can happen at anytime, anywhere," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  "They can range from natural disasters such as snowstorms or flooding, to events such as power outages.  The key to successful emergency response, regardless of the nature of the event, is personal preparedness.  As we ring in 2011, make a resolution to be prepared through a few simple steps: get an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan and be informed of the hazards in your area."

Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is one resolution anyone can keep thanks to the tools and resources available at www.Ready.gov or the Spanish language site, www.Listo.gov.  These sites include important information such as how to put together a kit, make a plan and stay informed.

Throughout this holiday season, FEMA leadership across the country has been encouraging citizens to Resolve to be Ready in 2011.  Among other things, they have written op-eds in The Tennessean, Everett Daily Herald, Oregon Live, Los Angeles Daily News, Southeast Missourian and Boston Herald encourage readers to take the simple steps to be prepared.

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, blog.fema.gov, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.  The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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.

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