Planning is focus for Disaster Preparedness Month

April 1, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. April 1, 2011

April is Disaster Preparedness Month — no fooling.

The month of activities focused on emergency preparedness includes a statewide earthquake drill and a conference to help regional and state planners gird for disasters.

“I encourage all citizens to increase their knowledge and awareness of proper safety measures to follow before, during and after a disaster,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a Disaster Preparedness Month proclamation.

The governor said state, city and county emergency management agencies also intend promote the value of preparedness across the Evergreen State during the monthlong observance.

The statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill is scheduled for 9:45-10 a.m. April 20, as a part of a regular monthly test of the Emergency Alert System.

In addition, emergency preparedness information is scheduled to be sent to schools throughout the state. The information is also available from the state Emergency Management Division.

Disaster Preparedness Month includes the Partners in Preparedness Conference at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center from April 26-27.

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