Ready Army

<b> FORT STEWART, GA </b> -- Ready Army is an emergency preparedness program launched by the Army to increase public awareness of the need for every Soldier and Family Member to prepare for any type of emergency.

To raise awareness of the new program in the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield community, installation and 3rd Infantry Division Commander, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 22 through Sep. 29 as Ready Army Community Awareness Week.

"We've been doing emergency preparedness for a long time," Stewart-Hunter Garrison Commander, Col. Todd Buchs told the small crowd attending the proclamation ceremony held at the Fort Stewart post exchange, Sept. 23.

Signing for Cucolo, Buchs explained the emergency preparations this community has focused on before included hurricanes and other natural disasters. He said Ready Army was designed to make members of Army communities aware of and prepare for both natural and man-made disasters, including acts of terrorism.

Buchs was introduced by narrator, Kevin Larson, chief of public information, who summarized what Ready Army was about and its importance to the community. Buchs reiterated Larson's remarks, emphasizing the need for every individual to Get a kit, Make a plan and Be informed - the three-step process discussed in detail in the literature about Ready Army now found at information booths in the post exchange and around the installation.

Aca,!Ac Get a Kit: Every Family needs to assemble an emergency supply kit that includes such items as first aid supplies (including prescription and over-the-counter medicines), non-perishable foods, water, batteries and battery chargers, candles, portable radio and important papers. The supplies in this kit should be enough to sustain your Family for at least 72 hours. If you have pets, remember to include their food in your kit.

Aca,!Ac Make a Plan: Plan ahead for various emergencies, determining how you will respond to certain emergency situations and especially how and where you'll get back together should you become separated.

Aca,!Ac Be Informed: Stay aware of pending bouts of bad weather and events happening in the news - local, national and international. Be especially aware of emergency plans for the Stewart-Hunter community, where you and your Family are to go in an emergency situation.

Buchs again stressed the importance of keeping informed, tasking all in attendance to tell their friends, their neighbors - everyone. He then asked Soldiers and Family Members to gather around him to witness his signing the proclamation. Community members are invited to stop by the Ready Army information booths and pick up the literature. It's up to each individual to prepare.

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