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AMA to Help People in Chicago Prepare for Emergencies and Disasters

For immediate release:
March 5, 2012

Chicago – To help people prepare for public health emergencies and disasters, the American Medical Association (AMA), ACCESS Community Health and Apostolic Faith Church will be holding awareness sessions on March 15th, 16th and 20th in Chicago to help citizens become more prepared in crisis situations.

“When disaster strikes, communities benefit greatly from having trained and informed people,” said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D. “CitizenReady programs encourage people to play a more active role in protecting the safety and health of themselves and their families in emergency situations.”

As part of the AMA CitizenReady® program, the presentations will focus on “personal preparedness,” which includes the importance of having a household disaster plan, critical items to include in an emergency supply and first aid kit, and why specific documents are important to bring in the case of a rapid evacuation. Particular emphasis is placed on having a list of health care and emergency contacts and access to critical health information and medications, especially for those with chronic illnesses. All of the information provided is aimed at helping individuals to be proactive in protecting their safety and health, so that medical resources can be directed to those in greatest need in a disaster or public health emergency.

CitizenReady® is a standardized, national disaster health education program that can help individuals be better prepared in disasters and public health emergencies.  The AMA is providing this program free of charge.

The sessions will be held at various times and locations and food will be provided. There will also be an opportunity for individuals to participate in a follow-up research study to test a Secure Health Information Card. Those who choose to enroll in this research study will be given $20 in appreciation for their participation. Due to limited space, please pre-register for the sessions by calling (888) 627-5895 or emailing CitizenReady@ama-assn.org. For more information about the program, please visit www.ama-assn.org/go/citizenready-personalpreparedness.

Session information

Thursday, March 15
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
ACCESS Grand Boulevard Health and Specialty Center
5401 S. Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

Friday, March 16
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
ACCESS Grand Boulevard Health and Specialty Center
5401 S. Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

Tuesday, March 20
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Apostolic Faith Church
1st Floor Fellowship Hall
3823 S. Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60653

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Contact:

Shannon O'Brien
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443
Shannon.Obrien@ama-assn.org

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