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Disasters Happen. Prepare Now – Learn How. National Preparedness Month Launches September 1

CHICAGO –September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V office in Chicago encourages everyone to take time out of their busy schedules this month to prepare for the unexpected.

“Start by prioritizing life safety skills—make sure everyone in your family knows CPR and first aid, as well as practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas in your home,” said James K. Joseph, regional administrator, FEMA Region V. “Take the time to review existing insurance policies and ensure the amount and extent are adequate to cover losses from any possible hazard you may face.”

Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning and can have disastrous impacts. Already this year, the Midwest has experienced several waves of destructive storms and flooding. Whether at home or on the go, be aware of emergency plans in place wherever your family spends their time: work, daycare and school, houses of worship, sports events and commuting. Be disaster ready, wherever you may be.

It’s simple to start planning for emergencies: download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids on Ready.gov/make-a-plan and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.

Throughout the month, FEMA will offer tips to help you be better prepared, including steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Follow FEMA Region V online at twitter.com/femaregion5 and www.facebook.com/fema, to receive the latest preparedness updates.

For detailed information about how to be ready for the emergencies you may be at risk for, including a list of items you will want to have in your emergency kit, visit Ready.gov or our Spanish site at Listo.gov. You can also learn more about National Preparedness Month by visiting Ready.gov/September.

FEMA’s mission is assist people before, during and after disasters. ###


Dear Editor,

It is a pleasure to extend an invitation to you for the Kids Play International fundraiser on September 5th to raise awareness for the important and culturally prevalent message of gender equality through sport and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and fair play.

Hosted at The Herbarium, located on the second floor of Bad Hunter in the heart of the West Loop, the downtown views and great drinks will be served in honor of making a difference in the lives of children.

Kids Play International has a mission to build a global community in which sport enables girls and boys to positively challenge and shift gender, social and cultural norms.

Gender equity transforms communities and countries not only for woman’s rights, but for human rights.

We would love to have you join us so do let us know if you could be there to eat, drink and buy a brick – which symbolizes the work Kids Play International is doing in developing countries to promote gender equality – and with profits to go directly towards helping build neighborhoods and futures in post genocide impacted countries.

What: Kids Play International | Eat, Drink, Buy a Brick Party

When: Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 from 6:00-9:00pm

Where: The Herbarium, 150 N. Halsted St. RSVP: lucy@lalcomm.com Thank you!

Lucy Ballantyne

Lion & Lamb Communications

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