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ANSI Partners with DHS and the American Red Cross for National Preparedness Month in September


New York, Aug 31, 2005

During the month of September, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the American Red Cross in support of "National Preparedness Month." ANSI joins nearly 200 organizations to educate the public about the importance of emergency preparedness.

The American Society of Safety Engineers, The Boeing Company, DuPont Company, Hewlett-Packard, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Fire Protection Association, and the United States Postal Service are among the ANSI members that have joined in this partnership to encourage Americans to take simple steps now to prepare themselves and their families for any possible emergencies. Throughout September, these organizations are providing information, hosting events and sponsoring activities that disseminate emergency preparedness messages to and encourage action in their customers, members, employees, stakeholders and communities across the nation.

As a National Preparedness Month partner, ANSI’s Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) will address emergency preparedness during its annual plenary meeting in September. A Joint Session on Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) and Infrastructure Protection will cover the National Preparedness Goal and the National Response Plan, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), a report from the ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Standardization for Training Program for First Response to WMD Events, a report from the ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Enterprise Power Security and Continuity and a report from the ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Emergency Communications, among other EP&R topics.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit DHS online at www.ready.gov.

For more information on the ANSI-HSSP, visit www.ansi.org/hssp.

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