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Individual Preparedness Is First Step Towards Being Ready

Today, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) Executive Director Theresa C. Murray presented Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts with a personal preparedness kit, commonly known as a "go bag". The bag contains essential items that would be needed after an emergency such as food, water, flashlight, first aid kit, and a battery-powered radio.

"Our goal is to have every Rhode Islander be self sufficient for 72 hours," said Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts. "Individual preparedness is the foundation for this state's readiness. RIEMA is providing a go bag to each of its employees and we are suggesting all state agencies to do the same."

"We all need to prepare ourselves so that we can begin to assist others," said RIEMA Executive Director Theresa C. Murray. "September is National Preparedness Month, and now is the perfect time to make sure that your family, your home, or your business is ready for the next disaster or weather-related emergency. Preparedness now can help to decrease confusion and stress in the future."

Distribution of go bags is one part of a multi-pronged initiative for state agency preparedness. The program, called Partners in Preparedness, also urges state agencies to have continuity, evacuation, and shelter in place plans. RIEMA is currently providing technical assistance for state partners to achieve these goals.

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