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Governor Snyder Declares September Preparedness Month; State Police and Quicken Loans Host Free Prepare Fair in Detroit on Sept. 4

Contact: Ms. Wendy Galbreath, MSP/EMHSD (517) 333-5032

August 28, 2014

Gov. Rick Snyder has declared September as Preparedness Month in Michigan, and to support this effort, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is joining agencies and organizations nationwide to encourage households, businesses and communities to develop emergency preparedness plans.

National Preparedness Month seeks to raise awareness of the need for all households to be self-reliant for at least three days, including having a dedicated supply of food, water and medications. During a disaster, critical services may be impacted - such as electricity, water service, access to grocery stores - and response times for police, fire and rescue personnel could be significantly delayed.

The MSP is partnering with Quicken Loans, Do1Thing, City of Detroit Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Opportunity Detroit to host a free “Prepare Fair” on Thursday, Sept. 4 at Campus Martius Park in Cadillac Square, Downtown Detroit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The Prepare Fair is a great opportunity to meet local first responders and learn about the importance of being ready for all types of emergencies and disasters,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “The recent flooding that impacted Metro Detroit communities is a reminder that disasters can happen at any time, to anyone and underscores the importance of having an emergency plan with an emergency supply kit.”

Individuals attending the Prepare Fair will learn simple ways to prepare before an emergency or disaster, including how to develop a family emergency plan and how to create an emergency supply kit. Free preparedness items will be available while supplies last. There will also be information on business, pet and financial preparedness, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Attendees will be also able to meet local first responders and volunteers and explore emergency response vehicles. The event is free of charge and open to anyone.

Participating groups include the Michigan Secretary of State; Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness; National Weather Service; Consumers Energy; Disaster Recovery Institute; Salvation Army; Detroit Police Reserve; Institute for Population Health; Michigan Humane Society and many others.

This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared the Prepare Fair as FEMA Region V’s America’s PrepareAthon! event. America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.

For more information about the Prepare Fair and National Preparedness Month initiatives, visit the MSP/EMHSD website at www.michigan.gov/emhsd and follow MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MichEMHS.

MEDIA NOTE: Members of the news media will have an opportunity to get photos, video and interviews during the Prepare Fair. For additional details, interested media should contact Lt. Mike Shaw, MSP, at (734) 368-8290 or ShawM4@michigan.gov.




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