April is Disaster Preparedness Month — no fooling

April 1, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. April 1, 2012

April is Disaster Preparedness Month, and the state Emergency Management Division encourages residents to plan for emergencies.

Statewide preparedness activities include a drop, cover and hold earthquake drill at 9:45 a.m. April 25. The drill is part of the monthly Emergency Alert System test for broadcasters.

Citizens can find preparedness information for businesses, homes and schools from the Emergency Management Division.

“Citizens, companies and government agencies will be encouraged to review their individual preparedness plans, contact information and emergency kits, and to prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days following an act of terrorism, or natural or manmade disasters,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a Disaster Preparedness Month proclamation.

State emergency planners also conduct a drop, cover and hold earthquake drill for National Preparedness Month in September.

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Prep for statewide earthquake drill

April 20, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 20, 2010

Prepare to drop, cover and hold during a statewide earthquake drill planned for April 21.

The drill runs from 9:45-10 a.m. A regular monthly test of the Emergency Alert System will initiate the exercise. Officials incorporated the drill into activities planned throughout Disaster Preparedness Month.

The governor proclaimed April as Disaster Preparedness Month.

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