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Verizon to Participate in Federal Emergency Management Agency's September 'Ready Campaign'

September 14, 2012

It’s September and hurricane season which creates a perfect opportunity for consumers and small-business owners to review or create emergency communications plan to get through any seasonal hazards that come unplanned. As part of its efforts, Verizon plans to organize a month-long education campaign, using social media properties including Twitter and Facebook.

The company is also releasing a National Preparedness Month Toolkit 2.0 – a digital communications tool kit for personal emergency communications planning.

Tom Maguire, Verizon's senior vice president of National Operations Support said that September is the height of hurricane season, with the potential for ice storms and blizzards only a few short months away.

"The time to prepare for any potential emergency is now, not when something is bearing down on you. At Verizon, we like to say failing to prepare is preparing to fail. We are partnering with FEMA and support its work this month and throughout the year to emphasize how important it is for consumers and small businesses to have a plan that makes unavoidable communications disruptions less of a factor during any recovery period," Maguire added.

Verizon and Verizon Wireless also suggest customers to prepare for potential emergencies by taking variety of steps it has offered in a recent release. The company has more tips and insights on disaster planning on its website to get through the undesired climatic conditions.

Recently, FEMA’s news release talked about the core message of National Preparedness Month – that helps to be prepared in the event of an emergency that causes anyone to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue workers.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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