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With today’s troubling headlines, the public is more concerned than ever about its well-being and its ability to react quickly and appropriately in an emergency. That’s why the American Red Cross, Lee County Chapter along with Lee County Emergency Management Agency, East Alabama Medical Center, Alabama Department of Public Health, and The Alabama Cooperative Extension System came together to create "Ready Lee County."
The “Ready Lee County” program is a county-wide effort to prepare citizens for a natural or man-made disaster or pandemic flu. The program highlights three important steps every individual and organization should take to prepare for a disaster:
Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
The program objectives are to . . .
- Ensure that Lee County Citizens are well prepared for emergencies.
- Increase survival rate and/or reduce the severity of injury.
- Decrease personal and physical trauma as a result of man-made or natural disasters and reduce the economic impact.
- Decrease or prevent possible surge of non-emergency consumers to hospital and medical clinics during a disaster.
- Increase number of disaster plans & kits.
Started in September 2007, the "Ready Lee County" Committee would like to thank the initial members of our pilot program: Azalea Place, First Baptist Church of Opelika, Jo-Ann Stores Distribution Center, the City of Smiths Station, and University Day Care for being among the first to get trained!
We currently need help building our website, funds to purchase preparedness materials, community educators to deliver training, and more! We also need groups that would like to receive Ready Lee County preparedness training at their businesses, churches, schools or for their families. Please let us know if you would like more information or if you want to get involved by calling the Lee County Red Cross at 334-749-9981 or emailing our Health and Community Services Manager, Leigh Warren, at firstname.lastname@example.org.