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Emergency Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management is making sure homes and businesses are ready for an emergency or disaster. KSMU's Emily Nash reports.

The Springfield Greene County Emergency Management Office announced a new program this week called HomeTown Ready.

HomeTown Ready is a certification program for businesses and places of worship to help them get ready to respond in a disaster.

Ryan Nicholls is the Emergency Management for Springfield-Greene County and explains how businesses and churches can get involved in the new program.

Nicholls says businesses and churches already have organized groups of people who can be ready to volunteer in a disaster situation.

He says businesses have helped in the past by providing supplies and employees in emergency situations.

Kary Kingsland, director of Convoy of Hope in Springfield, says some churches aren't aware that some of their facilities they can be useful during a disaster.

Representatives from several disaster agencies also have helpful tips for Springfield residents on how to prepare their homes and families for emergencies.

Chris Harmen from the American Red Cross gives advice to families as they prepare for disasters.

For more information about the HomeTown Ready program or how to prepare your home for a disaster, we have a link to the Office of Emergency Management on our web site at