Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brighton reminds residents to “Resolve to be Ready in 2011”

The city of Brighton’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in asking Americans to make a resolution to be prepared for emergencies this New Year and every year. Sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, Resolve to be Ready is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness as well as encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action and prepare for emergencies in the New Year.

Visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov (Spanish language site) to learn more.

Families, individuals and businesses can take simple steps to prepare, including: develop a communication plan and make it a periodic topic of conversation with your family; have an evacuation plan; make or update your family’s emergency kit; and learn different routes to work and home.

In addition, Brighton’s Office of Emergency Management offers a variety of classes in emergency preparedness:

* Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) - This free, eight-week course provides planning, training, exercises and educational outreach programs related to natural and man-made disasters. It is designed to assist and prepare citizens, government agencies and private/nonprofit organizations prior to, during and after a local emergency or disaster.

· Be Ready - This free, eight-hour class that discusses basic emergency preparedness including planning, hazards, personal safety, hazmat/fire safety, terrorism and how to become better educated and involved within the community.

· Severe Weather Safety Class - This is a free, two-hour weather safety awareness class that discusses the dangers of storms.

For a complete list of classes and more details, visit www.brightoncert.org. For more information about emergency preparedness, contact Rebecca Martinez, OEM, 303-655-2316, rmartinez@brightonco.gov.

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