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Webinars help Kansas families and pets prepare for emergencies

As part of September’s Kansas Emergency Preparedness Month, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management is hosting two free emergency preparedness webinars, and offering a video and coloring contest.

Both presentations may be accessed on the appropriate day from the home page of KSReady.gov (www.ksready.gov). The call-in number is 866-620-7326, conference code 8551008957. Participants will need to call in to the number and will then be asked to enter the code to be connected.

“Prepared Pet” webinar will be presented 12:15-12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. This webinar will feature information on how to make sure your pet is prepared in the event of an emergency.

The presenter is Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director, Humane Society of the United States. Grinstead is a board member of Lawrence and Douglas County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Kansas State Animal Response Team, acting director for Northeast Kansas Animal Response Team and board member for Kansas Animal Control Association. She has been the executive director at Lawrence Humane Society for more than 14 years and is a co-founder of the Humane Kansas Legislative Network.

The second webinar, “Family Preparedness Food Storage,” will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10-11 a.m. and again 6:30-7:30 p.m. During this presentation, participants can learn good choices for foods to put in their home emergency kit and techniques for storing them to ensure long shelf life.

The presenter is Renee Aldrich, Regional Emergency Services coordinator for the American Red Cross. She has deployed to seven national disasters including Greensburg and Reading. She was a Red Cross volunteer for 25 years until hired in August 2011. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and oversees all women in the congregation, teaching self-reliance principles and classes in food storage, canning and preparedness planning for families. Aldrich received her cannery supervisor certification from University of Wisconsin. She is a Boy Scout emergency preparedness counselor for scouts seeking the badge.

Video contest

There is still time to enter the “Prepare Today” video contest designed to encourage Kansas citizens to think about disaster preparedness, increase awareness of the need to be prepared for disasters and emergencies, and to encourage citizens to be prepared for disasters and emergencies. Prizes will be awarded in each of the four groups – 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade, college and adult. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Entry details are available here.

Coloring contest

Kids pre-K through 8th grade are eligible to enter the “What Preparedness Means to Me” coloring contest. This contest is looking for illustrations of what preparedness for disasters and emergencies means to Kansas kids. The goal of this contest is to increase the awareness of the need to be prepared for disasters and emergencies. Any art medium may be used. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Entry details are available here.

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