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From the President’s Desk – September
Well, summer is over. The State Fair has packed up for another year, the kids are back in school, the pools are closed and the leaves are beginning to turn.  I hope you all had a spectacular season!

September is National Preparedness Month, a time for us to take important steps to prepare for emergencies.  Following are some tips for preparing in the event of disaster.

You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.

Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need.

  1. Begin with a kit of emergency supplies including water, food, a flashlight and a first aid kit.
  2. Make a plan for your family in an emergency, including how to stay in touch, shelter in place or evacuate.
  3. Know about possible threats at home and in the work place and how to respond.
  4. Get involved to help your community prepare.

September’s birthstone is the sapphire. The meaning is clear thinking, and the flower is the forget-me-not.  Absolutely appropriate for the remembrance of those who were lost Sept. 11, 2001.

It’s not too early to begin thinking about next year’s steering committee.  Wouldn’t you like to be a part of the planning and decision-making for Metro Women’s Network?

See you Thursday at Chicago Speakeasy,

-Mindi O’Kane

Congratulations to Barb Livingston on her retirement from the VA!

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