September 8, 2008 CONTACT: Ross Litman, County Sheriff
St. Louis County Courthouse
Duluth, MN 218-726-2341
For Immediate Release:
National Preparedness Month – September, 2008
National Preparedness Month is held each September, and is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. Since the terrorist attacks in the fall of 2001, our country has worked to improve its preparedness, not only for those types of attacks, but for any emergency. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division, at the direction of Sheriff Ross Litman, has undertaken a lead role in this effort. In partnership with the St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Department, an “All Hazard Approach” to emergency planning has been developed. This plan includes response to natural disasters, health related disasters, and human-caused emergencies. The Emergency Management Division and Public Health and Human Services have provided leadership and guidance for communities throughout St. Louis County and Northeast Minnesota through this effort. Their work has been recognized at the state and federal level.
On Tuesday, September 9th, the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners will pass a proclamation declaring September, 2008 as National Preparedness Month. The goal of this proclamation is twofold: to recognize the importance of the critical work that emergency planners and responders perform for our citizens; and to encourage people to take some time and effort to prepare themselves for potential emergencies. St. Louis County government is committed to protecting the health and safety of its citizens, and encourages county residents to be prepared by developing a family emergency plan, having an emergency supply kit, becoming informed about potential emergencies, and getting involved in emergency preparations in their communities.
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