September 14, 2009
The classifieds in this issue include two chief executive officer positions!
ERPP Calls for Increased Emergency Preparation
APTA’s Emergency Response Preparedness Program (ERPP) invites all public transit professionals to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities in September as part of National Preparedness Month (NPM), sponsored by the federal Ready.gov Campaign and Citizen Corps. APTA operates ERPP under the auspices of a Federal Transit Administration grant.
This is the sixth year for NPM, during which Americans are encouraged to take simple steps to stay ahead of emergency situations. This year, the program will focus on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and helping Americans understand what it truly means to be “ready” as the nation braces for natural disasters, wildfires, and a potential H1N1 (formerly called Swine Flu) outbreak.
ERPP’s current efforts include disseminating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations pertaining to H1N1 and making information from Ready.gov available to APTA members through e-mails, monthly newsletters, teleconferences, and at APTA conferences and committee meetings.
For example, ERPP notes that emergency preparedness doesn’t just mean fire alarms, smoke detectors, deadbolt locks, and extra food in the pantry. Families can take more extensive measures, such as creating an Emergency Supply Kit; making a Family Emergency Plan; staying informed about emergencies and appropriate responses; and becoming involved in such community efforts as Citizen Corps.
More information about the program is available online.