LLIS Good Story: Fairfax County, Virginia, Citizen Corps Council's 'Ready... Pack... Go' Campaign   [open pdf - 77KB]

From the Background section: "In January 2005, the American Red Cross (ARC) released a survey stating that only 40 percent of Americans had assembled the basic supplies necessary to care for themselves, their families, and their neighbors during an emergency. The survey indicated that only one in ten Americans had developed a personal preparedness kit or a personal or family preparedness plan. According to the ARC, 82 percent of those surveyed understood the importance of preparedness but were unsure how to prepare for emergencies or disasters and where to go to obtain the information. Following the release of the ARC survey, the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council recognized a need to address preparedness issues in its county. The Council sought to reach the county's large population through a sustained preparedness campaign. Pastor John Denninger, the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council faith representative, suggested creating a campaign to encourage the members of the faith community to attain emergency preparedness kits."

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