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September 5, 2013

Andover joins 'Together We're Ready' campaign

The Andover Health Division has joined the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in promoting emergency preparedness as part of the “Together We’re Ready — Massachusetts Prepared” campaign during the month of September, which is Emergency Preparedness Month.

“Together We’re Ready — Massachusetts Prepared” is a statewide campaign to encourage Bay State residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for severe weather, natural disasters or other emergency events. The campaign features local access television programming, online videos and resources developed by the DPH Emergency Preparedness Bureau, in partnership with state and local agencies. Each week, there will be a different theme featured.

A special television production, “Together We’re Ready — Massachusetts Prepared,” will be shown throughout the month on local cable access. This panel discussion on emergency preparedness will feature DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett and a team of state, local and private partners discussing the importance of planning for emergencies. Featured in segments of this production are members of the Greater River Valley Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer group that provides services to Andover and several surrounding communities during both emergency and non-emergency public health events.

Week one encourages individual and family preparedness. Residents are urged to review lists of what they should have on hand if they need to shelter in place or evacuate their home. It also covers what medications to bring along, caring for pets and communicating with other family members who might be separated.

Visit the “Together We’re Ready — Massachusetts Prepared” web page at www.mass.gov/dph/ready for more on individual and family preparedness, volunteer opportunities, emergency planning for the whole community and tips for flu prevention. Other useful information is available at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/ready-massachusetts/.

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