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Kansas Emergency Preparedness Day is Monday


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

The occurrence of natural and man-made disasters is inevitable. Are you prepared to react and keep your family safe in an emergency situation? Governor Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation designating September as Emergency Preparedness Month in Kansas. To get everyone involved, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and first responder agencies across the state invite all Kansans to the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson on Monday, Sept. 8, for Kansas Emergency Preparedness Day, for valuable information on how to prepare your family for emergency situations.

During Kansas Preparedness Day at the State Fair, numerous state and local agencies, along with community emergency response organizations, will be providing disaster preparedness and public safety information, as well as displaying emergency response equipment and drawings for prizes will be held. The displays will be set up near the Administration Building at the south end of the fairgrounds across from Gate #1.

"Preparedness should be practiced every day, and September gives us an opportunity to refocus our efforts and get ourselves and our families on track for the winter months coming up," said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general and director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. "Every Kansan should have or create an emergency kit for their home and car, develop a family plan and discuss it, and do their best to stay informed before, during and after emergencies to stay safe."

Sept. 8 is also Dillon's Dollar Day at the Fair; admission is $1 or free with a Dillon's card.

Agencies and organizations participating in the Kansas Emergency Preparedness Day event include the Adjutant General's Department/Kansas Division of Emergency Management/Kansas National Guard, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Department of Transportation, State Fire Marshal, Citizen Corps, American Red Cross, Hutchinson Fire Department, Hutchinson Police Department, Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association, Community Emergency Response Team, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services, Reno County Emergency Management, Reno County Health Department, Reno County Sheriff's Department, National Weather Service, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

During Preparedness Month, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management is reminding the public to take part in its monthly online "Preparedness Challenge" at www.ksready.gov . Additional information on emergency kits and family preparedness can be found at www.ksready.gov; www.redcross.org and www.ready.gov.