Gov. Shumlin proclaims September preparedness month

MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is urging people to be prepared for unexpected emergencies.

September is National Preparedness Month and Gov. Peter Shumlin has urged Vermonters to prepare themselves for potential disasters.

A proclamation signed by the governor notes that events such as Tropical Storm Irene and other destructive storms in the last two years showed the importance of preparing for any potential disaster.

Among the suggestions are that Vermonters can take a few simple steps such as preparing a kit, making a plan, and being informed can help ease the effects of a disaster.

People can also buy extra cans of food, a reliable flashlight, extra batteries, and other essentials.


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