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National Emergency Preparedness Month 2016

Emergency Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important work being done to make sure our communities are safe, healthy, and ready for public health emergencies and/or disasters.

The theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” is the continuing theme from 2015.  Often families are not with their loved ones when catastrophe strikes, so having up-to-date contact information for those you need to get in touch with during a public health emergency and/or disaster is critical.  It is also possible to collect names and addresses of your neighbors and talking to them one by one so that if something should happen you can call different neighbors and ask what can you do or how can you help.

Ask about plans at the places where family spends the most time: work, school and other places you frequent.  If none exist, consider volunteering to help develop one.  You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead, and communicate with others in advance.

Over 60 percent of Americans say preparation for natural or man-made disasters is very important to them, however, only a staggering 17 percent of Americans claim to be prepared for an emergency situation, according to a new survey commissioned by the Ad Council.

Disasters can have a major impact on the workplace, both for the people who work there, and to workplace operations.  After a disaster, workplaces cannot recover without their people and people cannot recover without a job to go back to.

Organizations can have tremendous influence on their personnel when it comes to preparing for a disaster.  When employers encourage employees to be prepared for disasters, employees are 75 percent more likely to take action.  And with more than 63 percent of the US population aged 16 or older in the labor force, the workplace is one of the most effective environments for educating and encouraging people to take steps to be ready for disasters, which includes being fully age-appropriate immunized – flu, pneumonia, HPV, MMR, etc.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said, “Unfortunately, as we have dealt with here in our own Springfield, it is better to be prepared and forewarned, than not. I commend Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Emergency Preparedness Director Bob Hassett, all our brave and dedicated police, firefighters, first responders and associated city departments for always being there in our time of need.”

“Emergencies can happen at any time,” said Helen Caulton-Harris, Springfield Health Commissioner.  “Taking a few simple steps now to prepare yourself, your family and your community makes the entire community more resilient and better able to respond to emergency events.”  All residents, Don’t Wait. CommunicateMake Your Emergency Plan Today.

For further information contact:

                                    Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

                                    Tony L. Pettaway

                                    (413) 750-2696 tpettaway@springfieldcityhall.com

Ready.gov/prepare

                                    Cdc.gov//yme/transmission/index.html

                                    National Weather Services

                                    https://www.mylocalclinic.com;fess

 

 

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Mayor Sarno welcomes you to Springfield, the cultural urban center of Western Massachusetts.

Downtown office space with a view view of the Connecticut River

Springfield's Entertainment District is home to the free CityBlock summer concert series.

The CityBlock summer concert series is a popular destination for motorcycle enthusiasts from all over New England.

Entering downtown Springfield from the Memorial Bridge

Summer brings street fairs and neighborhood block parties for Springfield kids of all ages.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame draw visitors from all over the world.

The annual Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony attracts basketball's greatest stars.

Springfield is known as "The City of Homes" for its many century-old houses and gracious tree-lined streets.

The North End is famouse for its vibrant hispanic businesses and culture.

Students participate in the ground-breaking for a state-of-the-art vocational and technical high school.

Families enjoy a summer afternoon at the beach on 5-mile Pond.

The Springfield Armory on the campus of STCC is a National Historic site.

Re-enactment commemorates the role of the Springfield Armory in the American Revolution.

Al fresco dining at a popular Main Street eatery

Tower Square in the heart of downtown.

Chef Wayne brings cajun goodness to downtown's eclectic dining scene.

The South End's Italian heritage lives on in it's specialty markets and bakeries.

City neighborhoods have a strong sense of community

AIC is just one of Springfield's many colleges and universities.

Autumn brings spectacular foliage displays to the Pioneer Valley.

Red Rose has been a local dining destination for generations.

A Springfield landmark, family owned since 1963.

The MassMutual Civic Center draws national touring acts as well as hosting conferences and other functions.

Th duck pond is just one attraction at the 700-acre Forest Park.

Bright Nights attracts holiday visitors by the bus load.

Bay State Medical Center is teaching hospital and the region's only level 1 trauma center.

Symphony Hall is home to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra as well as national tours.

Among the South End's great foodie emporiums is La Fiorentina Pastry.

Springfield is home to two municipal golf courses.

A ceiling mural is just one of the striking architectural details in Springfield City Hall, built in 1912.

Aerial view of the city

The pool at Forest Park

The Forest Park Rose Garden is a favorite of wedding photographers.

Greek Orthodox church in the North End

Theodores', named "Best Blues Club in the Country" by the Blues Foundation, offers great BBQ as well.

Historic transportation center in the North End

Construction in the new multi-modal transportation center

Groundbreaking for the new $78 million state data center

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