Citizens Have Important Role in Community Emergency Preparedness
SPRINGFIELD – As part of its 2012 Preparedness Campaign, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today encouraged Illinoisans to take an active role in ensuring safety at home in their neighborhoods and community by having a disaster supply kit, staying alert to what’s going on around them, being prepared for emergencies and getting involved in local organizations that focus on community preparedness.
“People often don’t realize the power they possess to protect themselves and their families and help make their community a safer place to live,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “It can be as simple as building a disaster supply kit, being observant of activities taking place around you and in your community and reporting unusual actions or behavior to your local law enforcement agency.”
Monken said while people should always be vigilant, no one should ever try to take matters into their own hands by confronting suspicious individuals. Instead, people with information regarding suspicious activities should call 9-1-1 or their local emergency number to alert law enforcement officials.