Column: Emergency preparedness takes responsibility

Are you ready for unwanted emergencies?

September is a great time to practice being prepared as it has been designated National Preparedness Month.

National Preparedness Month, now in its ninth year, encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for any emergency in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.

State health officials are working to prepare Hoosiers by providing tips and advice about what to do with pets, how to prepare children, what the elderly and people with functional needs should do and how business can help in any potential emergency.

On the local level, the Emergency Management Agency directed by Duane Davis and his staff has participated in many training and exercise programs in an attempt to be prepared to assist Jackson County residents for natural disasters and emergencies such as extreme heat, cold, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes.

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