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Get Ready Day Emphasizes Need to Prepare for All Disasters

Statement by Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP, (E), executive director of American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., September 21, 2010 – “Today, we observe APHA’s fourth annual Get Ready Day, an opportunity to remind all Americans about the importance of emergency preparedness, which is a critical component to building stronger, healthier, more resilient communities.

“Health disasters can pose a real and present danger to not only a community but to an entire nation. Last year’s H1N1 flu outbreak should be a wake-up call to all of us to take basic steps toward protecting ourselves, family and friends from a health emergency.

“In recognition of Get Ready Day today, every person should reflect on how truly prepared they and their family are if a hurricane, tornado or even flu pandemic were to strike. Then, take action to safeguard yourself and loved ones from a disaster by getting a flu shot, establishing an emergency evacuation plan and building a stockpile.”

The Get Ready campaign, sponsored by the American Public Health Association, helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Learn more at

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