Minor League Baseball and Boy Scouts Step Up to the Plate to Encourage Families to Prepare for Emergencies
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 4, 2007
Minor League Baseball and the Boy Scouts of America are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign for the fourth consecutive year to educate and encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies. Forty-nine baseball teams are joining many local Boy Scout councils in stepping up to the plate and encouraging fans to prepare for all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
"We appreciate continued support of Minor League Baseball and the Boy Scouts in helping us to spread the Ready message to American families," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "Through the assistance of these organizations, millions of baseball fans will learn how to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about the different types of emergencies that can occur."
Boy Scouts and community organizations will distribute emergency preparedness brochures throughout the 2007 season at team-sponsored Ready Nights across the country. The brochures and educational materials are available at www.ready.gov and provide valuable information to help individuals and families prepare for emergencies. Teams will also feature the Ready public service announcements on their scoreboards and in game programs.
"Like baseball, preparing for emergencies takes practice," said Mike Moore, president and CEO of Minor League Baseball. "Our organization is proud to be part of Homeland Security's efforts to educate Americans on how to prepare for emergencies through the Ready Campaign."
Local Boy Scouts taking part in this effort can work toward earning their Emergency Preparedness merit badge and a Good Turn for America Award, which fosters joint community service projects between the Boy Scouts and organizations like the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"Every year, Boy Scouts across the country take a Scout Oath in which they pledge to 'help other people at all times,'" said Roy L. Williams, chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America. 'Our relationship with Homeland Security is a natural fit for our Scouts because one of the most important ways we can help our communities is by providing our neighbors with the resources to always be prepared."
The Ready Campaign is a national public service advertising campaign produced by the Ad Council for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ready is designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to potential terrorist attacks and other emergencies. Individuals interested in receiving a "Get Ready Now" brochure may call 1-800-BE-READY or visit www.ready.gov for more information.