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Check Your Emergency Preparedness Kits When You Set Your Clocks, Says American Public Health Association Campaign
Date:10/17/2008

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a destructive hurricane season that reminded us of the importance of being ready for disasters, the American Public Health Association (APHA) wants to ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for winter storms and any other potential emergencies you may face. With this in mind, APHA today launched its fall installment of a new campaign aimed at encouraging Americans to make sure their emergency preparedness kits are stocked when they change their clocks for daylight saving time.

The "Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks" campaign aims to build on the message of preparedness that already exists with using daylight saving time as a reminder to check the batteries in our smoke detectors. The campaign reminds people to refresh their emergency supplies before a disaster, disease outbreak or other emergency occurs. It also serves as a reminder that, if you haven't created a stockpile yet, now is the time to create one!

"Since people already know that daylight saving time is a great reminder to ensure that our families are prepared for an emergency, it serves as the perfect opportunity for us also to make sure that we have a fully stocked, up-to-date emergency kit," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. "As we set our clocks back an hour, we want every American to make sure their family has a preparedness kit to fall back on in the event of an emergency."

In anticipation of the end of daylight saving time on Nov. 2, APHA's "Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks" campaign kicks off today with the release of new materials and tips aimed at raising awareness of the importance of ensuring that each family has a stocked emergency preparedness kit. The "Get Set Emergency Preparedness Project Kit" is aimed at getting high school students involved in emergency preparedness and offers tools and ideas to engage them and their community. T
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