Friday, September 12, 2008


Columbus - Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today joined Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) Director Henry Guzmán and partners to raise awareness for National Preparedness Month and honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as those who have served and are continuing to serve our country.

"There is no greater reminder than September 11 that tragedy can strike when we least expect it," Strickland said. "That is why I am calling on every Ohioan, business, school, community and government to do everything possible to make sure the people of Ohio are prepared in the event of an emergency."

September is National Preparedness Month and ODPS is leading a campaign with national, state and local partners to highlight the importance of preparedness and promote community involvement through events and activities. In coordination with the national campaign, Gov. Strickland issued a proclamation calling upon Ohioans to recognize the importance of preparing for potential disasters and emergencies by celebrating this month and participating in appropriate preparedness activities.

City of Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman; Col. Michael R. Pannell, Deputy Commanding General, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces and Director, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security; President, Franklin County Commission, Marilyn Brown and President Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher, FirstLink participated in today's event at the Statehouse. Partner organizations also hosted exhibits on the Statehouse lawn highlighting disaster preparedness planning and community partnerships that currently exist. In honor of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, the Ohio Community Service Council/Ohio Citizen Corps organized volunteers to place 2,999 flags on the Statehouse lawn.

"The Ohio Department of Public Safety is committed to working with partners at all levels to ensure that the state of Ohio and its people are prepared for whatever comes our way," Guzmán said. "Awareness is critical to encouraging individuals and organizations to make emergency plans and be informed about the types of emergencies that could occur in Ohio and their appropriate responses."


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