- Tod Pritchard, Preparedness Coordinator for ReadyWisconsin
Call it our “Ready road trip.” Barneveld, Stevens Point, Green Bay…all in one day…to videotape a very important television public service announcement (or "PSA") airing across the state this September. The message: get ready for emergencies.
September is Preparedness Month here in Wisconsin and across the nation. At Wisconsin Emergency Management, our ReadyWisconsin preparedness program wanted to come up with a way to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks (hard to believe this is the 10th anniversary of that terrible day). To honor them and the first responders who protect us every day, we thought it would be great to highlight first responders in a 30-second TV commercial urging everyone to prepare for future emergencies and disasters. We call this campaign: “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.”
So we started calling law enforcement and fire departments around Wisconsin to see who would help us out. The response was overwhelming. Dozens of police officers, sheriffs and firefighters said they would be glad to assist. We narrowed down the participants based on their availabilities and the availability of the camera crew that would have to dash across the state to collect the footage.
|Brandon Wilhelm, Barneveld Police|
|The video crew lines up a shot |
of the Stevens Point Fire team.
|Firefighter David Siegel |
and the Brown County
Hazardous Materials Response Team
During a separate road trip we taped Brian Satula, our new Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator here in Madison. Brian did a great job despite having to run in and out of meetings long enough to shoot his part. Also stepping in front of the camera was Wisconsin Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs and Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls. We just made it through Sheriff Nehls's taping session before it started to rain.
|WEM Administrator Brian Satula|
Click here to check out the video and meet the participants.
Just follow these three steps can get you and your family ready for an emergency:
GET A KIT
|Charles Tubbs, |
Wisconsin Capitol Police Chief
Click here for a complete emergency kit checklist
MAKE A PLAN
Click here for a Family Emergency Plan
Knowing the dangers and making good decisions can save your life. Here are just a few examples of where to get great information:
Click here to sign up for ReadyWisconsin on Twitter
Click here to sign up for ReadyWisconsin on Facebook
Click here for more information on emergency radios
FREE EMERGENCY KITS
|ReadyWisconsin's Tod Pritchard|
shows off the program's
new emergency supply kits
Individuals and families are the most important members of the nation’s emergency management team. Being prepared can save precious time and save lives.
I speak to clubs and organizations all across Wisconsin. I’d be happy to talk to you about emergency planning. Just drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Honor the 9/11 victims by making sure you and your family are ready!