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September is time to be prepared

September 8, 2011
Daily Press

LANSING - As our nation remembers the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is encouraging citizens to be prepared before an emergency strikes. In support of the nationwide effort to build a safer and more resilient America, Gov. Rick Snyder has declared September as Preparedness Month in Michigan

"As we honor and remember the victims, survivors and the many who rose in service in response to the 9/11 tragedy, this time serves as a reminder that each of us plays a critical role in preparing our families and communities before an emergency event," said Governor Snyder. "I strongly encourage Michigan residents to take simple steps to prepare their families and communities by developing a family emergency plan and creating a supply kit with essential items."

In support of this year's Preparedness Month theme, "A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare," the MSP is planning several initiatives paying special tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11, while stressing the importance of emergency preparedness, including a 9/11 Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the East Lawn of the State Capitol beginning at 7 p.m.

"The best way to honor the victims of 9/11 is to ensure our families and communities are prepared for future disasters and emergencies," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP and state director of emergency management and homeland security. "It's recommended that individuals and families plan for the need to be self-reliant for up to three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or other local services."

Being prepared can be as simple as following the four steps to preparedness:

1. Find out what emergencies may impact your community.

2. Develop a plan for what to do during an emergency.

3. Create an emergency supply kit with essential items, such as food, water and medications.

4. Practice and maintain your plan so everyone knows what to do.

For more information on Preparedness Month initiatives and simple steps to prepare, visit MSP/EMHSD at



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