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Are You Ready in Renton?

City of Renton Teams Up With Local Stores to Help Residents Prepare for Disaster

September 2, 2008

For more information contact:

Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director 425-430-7027
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

RENTON:  September is National Preparedness Month and the City of Renton has launched its “Ready in Renton” campaign to encourage residents and local businesses to take steps now to plan and prepare for disaster.

"Hurricane Gustav is a reminder to all of us that we need to be prepared for disasters,” said Deborah Needham, City of Renton’s Emergency Management Director. “Emergency responders will not be able to reach everyone who needs help immediately after a disaster. The best way for us to take care of ourselves and those who depend on us is to be personally prepared for at least three days. This allows rescuers to focus on helping those who can’t help themselves.”

This year for “Ready in Renton” local stores are teaming up with the City of Renton to help residents get prepared.  Local branches of stores including Big 5 Sporting Goods, Fred Meyer, Lowes, McLendon Hardware, Target, and WalMart, will make it easy for residents to build their emergency preparedness kits. They will be stocking many of the items required for personal disaster preparedness kits and providing lists of necessary emergency items prepared by the City’s Office of Emergency Management. Check on our website at rentonwa.gov – look for Ready in Renton.

If you have questions about the campaign or want to learn more about emergency preparedness, please call the city of Renton’s Office of Emergency Management at 425-430-7027 or email dneedham@ci.renton.wa.us.