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Get Ready Now!: Spring 2009 issue

Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks coming up March 8

As we gear up for spring, the winter storms that left many communities without power serve as a reminder that emergency situations can occur without warning. It’s time to spring forward on March 8! Daylight saving time is the perfect opportunity for you to check your preparedness kit to make sure your emergency stockpile isn’t missing any items and that the food hasn’t expired. APHA’s Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign is back to remind people to refresh their emergency supplies before a disease outbreak or disaster occurs. If you haven’t created a stockpile yet, why wait any longer? It’s time to take action this March.

Be sure that you have at least a three-day supply of bottled water, nonperishable foods and essential medications set aside for each member of your family. And as always, don’t forget to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.  This is also a perfect time to re-familiarize yourself with your community’s emergency preparedness plan, including evacuation routes, emergency shelters and the location of food banks.

This season, APHA kicks off its Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign with the release of new online materials aimed at helping Americans become better prepared. Two new fact sheets provide tips on how to keep pets safe in an emergency and how to create and maintain a stockpile on a budget. 

Post a Get Ready activity or event on our new online calendar

Let everyone know what you are doing to promote emergency preparedness! Share your Get Ready events with your community and with others around the nation by submitting an event on our new online calendar! Tell us what you are doing for Get Ready Day, for Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks (in conjunction with the daylight saving time clock change) or for any other Get Ready-related activity. Click on a state on the U.S. map to find out what is happening near you.

Looking for ideas? Browse the full Get Ready Calendar of Events and then plan your own activity using our free fact sheets and materials.

News from Washington, D.C.: Update on emergency preparedness funding

On Feb. 23, the U.S. House of Representatives released the details of the fiscal year 2009 omnibus appropriations bill that would fund most of the programs and agencies of the federal government, including all federal health programs, through the end of September. The bill provides $788 million for emergency preparedness and response activities and $585 million specifically for pandemic influenza preparedness. It also provides $35 million for terrorism preparedness and response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal government is currently operating on a continuing resolution that funds programs and agencies at fiscal year 2008 levels through March 6.

Unfortunately, funding for pandemic flu and emergency preparedness was removed from the stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed into law on Feb. 17. However, the law includes a variety of provisions to bolster our nation’s emergency preparedness through new funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, research into the effects of climate change on natural disasters and improvements to our flood control infrastructure.

2009: An exciting year for Get Ready podcasts!

Check out our latest podcast from the Get Ready Report series to hear about the expansion of the Get Ready campaign to all hazards preparedness. While you are there, listen to our other podcasts, which have focused on seasonal flu, handwashing and other preparedness issues. Subscribe to our feed to stay up on when new podcasts are released. Stay tuned, as plans for Get Ready videocasts are in the works!

High school students: Get set, get prepared and enter to win a $500 scholarship

APHA is now accepting applications for the first-ever Get Ready Scholarship. The high school senior who sends us the best original essay on preparedness by April 6 can win a $500 Get Ready Scholarship to help with college costs.

While you are on our scholarship page, check out Get Set: An Emergency Preparedness Project Kit, a new action guide for high school students from the Get Ready campaign.

Use the Get Ready Games Guide to hold a preparedness carnival

Wondering how to get kids excited about being prepared? Check out the Get Ready Games Guide. Our how-to guide is full of fun activities and tips that you can use to teach kids about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Make and play games like Bingo, Pin the Tissue on Sneezy Sam, Get Ready Bowling and more. Visit our free materials page to download the guide, and let the games begin!

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