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FEMA Reminds Americans To Spring Ahead To Prepare For Disasters!


SEATTLE. Wash. -- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to use the change to daylight savings time this weekend as a reminder to implement emergency preparedness measures to address all hazards including fire safety precautions that will keep you and your family safe at home. For years, fire departments and safety officials have worked to remind citizens as they move their clocks ahead, to also change those smoke alarm batteries through their homes. According to FEMA Regional Director Susan Reinertson, adjusting clocks in cars, at home and in the office is a great opportunity to review disaster response plans and restock disaster kits.

“With spring and summer ushering in increased risks for flash flooding, thunderstorms and wildfires throughout the Pacific Northwest, daylight savings is a great time to refresh emergency plans and supplies,” said Reinertson. “No matter how busy or hectic our daily routine, we all need to take the time to think about what to do in the event of severe weather—or any other major disaster. Our ‘Are You Ready? In-depth guide to Citizens’ is a great resource for those interested in building or enhancing their readiness.”

The Are You Ready citizen’s guide is available at and and is also available from FEMA’s publications warehouse by calling (800) 480-2520.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.


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