Nation's Emergency Physicians to Public: Have Plan, Just in Case

Aug 31, 2010, 13:35 ET from American College of Emergency Physicians

Prepare Now Before Disaster Strikes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Disasters can strike quickly and without warning.  As part of National Preparedness Month, the nation's emergency physicians once again urge the public to have a plan in place and know when to execute it if and when the time comes.



"Even though a tornado differs from hurricanes, floods, earthquakes or terrorist attacks, many of the ways to prepare are the same," said Dr. Angela Gardner, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  "Preparing your family in advance is the best protection in an emergency."

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.  NPM is sponsored by the Ready campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council.  Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign that educates and empowers Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

In 2009, nearly 2,700 organizations joined the Ready campaign.  ACEP is proud to be a part of the 2010 campaign.

The public can join the preparedness effort at any time by following these steps:

For more information on the Ready campaign, please see (English site) and/or (Spanish site).

ACEP recommends that families identify what types of disasters are common in their region.  This information can be obtained from local emergency management offices or American Red Cross chapters.  

"No one should ever be guessing in a time of crisis," said Dr. Gardner.  "You may not be able to predict a disaster but you can at least start to prepare for one just in case."

For more information on what do to in the event of a disaster, please go to

ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.  

SOURCE American College of Emergency Physicians