Free DHS Disaster Preparedness Seminar Tuesday

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Indianapolis, Ind. (September 22, 2015) – When you hear about disaster preparedness, you might think about putting a  first aid kit together and stocking up on canned goods.

But being truly prepared takes more than that, says Elia James, Communications and Strategic Initiatives Manager for the Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security.

“We are focusing on a lot more than just getting some cans,” said James. “We want to make sure that everybody is prepared for any type of disaster.”

So DHS is hosting the 2015 Disaster Preparedness Seminar: Keys to Survival on Tuesday. James says there will be 15 exhibits offering different programs at the free seminar.

“When we focus on disaster preparedness, we’re not just focusing on a tornado or a winter storm, we’re talking about any kind of situation that can happen,” said James. “For example, an act of terrorism. We know that here in Indianapolis we are very fortunate to have large scale events with lots of people, so we want to make sure everybody knows how to prepare for for that and what to do in that case.”

“We want to make sure they know who is threatening us, why they are threatening us, and what they can do about it to not only protect themselves, but protect our nation.”

The seminar is at Indianapolis World Sports Park, 1313 South Post Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

James says you do not need to pre-register.

James says you can also learn about the city’s Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT. Click here for more information or to sign up for CERT training.

When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

At the training, you will get a backpack to start your emergency kit.

“It’s full of all of these goodies to start your preparedness kit at home, but not only that, this emergency response training will prepare you and your neighbors for any type of disasters. We want to make sure that we’re able to work together and protect our neighborhoods during that time of disaster and pull our resources together. If one family in the neighborhood isn’t prepared, we can help them out and supplement them if we all work together.”

“Also, they’re going to have brochures on how to prepare yourself and prepare your pets because we always tend to prepare for ourselves and not for our pets, but they are part of our family so we want to make sure they’re prepared as well.”

Click here for more on the 2015 DHS Disaster Preparedness Seminar: Keys to Survival.

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