Project urges residents: Be ready for emergency

May 10, 2006|By NICK SHIELDS

With hurricane season nearing, officials from area governments unveiled a new campaign yesterday designed to help residents become more self-sufficient during an emergency.

The "Ready? Set? Good" campaign has been developed to encourage households to put together emergency supply kits to get through the first 72 hours of an emergency.

The campaign recommends that households be equipped with a portable, battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a flashlight with extra batteries and a supply of water. Campaign officials said that each household should have one gallon of water per person, per day - for at least three days.

"They are the three priority items that every family should have on hand," Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. said. He added, "We need families to prepare to take care of themselves."

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens and Howard County Executive James N. Robey also attended the unveiling of the campaign at the Baltimore County Public Safety Building in Towson.

The $200,000 project, paid for with a homeland security grant, was launched in April of last year. It included research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which conducted surveys and focus groups.

The campaign will be advertised on television, the Internet, radio and 17 newspapers, and will be directed at households in the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis as well as Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel, Harford and Carroll counties.

Additional information about the campaign can be found at: www.readysetgood.org.

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