Campaign’s focus is on emergency preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month, and state officials are launching a new effort to help people be ready in case of natural disasters or other emergencies.

The American Red Cross, the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and the Colorado Office of Emergency Management have teamed up to instruct people on what they need, and what they need to know, in case something goes awry. The agencies are asking businesses and other community organizations to help out.

Later this week, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will be joined by the head of the Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the Red Cross and the regional manager for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to launch the Statewide Prepare Colorado Movement at the Colorado Capitol.

They are to outline programs including how to gathering items for emergency kits for homes and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The effort also will focus on ensuring that schools, day care centers and other similar facilities have emergency plans in place, including how to evacuate efficiently.

It also will offer training to local schools and churches on how to operate as emergency shelters, how homeowners can prepare their homes for fires or floods, and how businesses can help provide essential goods and services during emergencies.

Those interested in participating can get more information on several websites, including, and


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