New campaign pushes being ‘Ready: Whenever. Wherever’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A new program rolled out by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is aimed at making people more aware of their surroundings.

The “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” springboards off the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

The message: Emergencies can happen at any time in any place and being alert and prepared can help everyone.

“It’s not changing where you go or the frequency of going, it’s what you do there,” Allen County’s Department of Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier said.

Beier said people should be aware of their surroundings and be ready for the unexpected, not just at home or at work, but in public places like sporting events and shopping malls.

The campaign encourages people to think about different emergencies that could happen and how to react. Even rehearse the action plan mentally or actively.

“At a basketball game, for example, did I see an AED on the way in? Do I know where the closest fire extinguisher is? If we needed help, do I know where the closest police officer is? If the lights go out, do I know how to get out of the building without the lights on? All those little things make the biggest difference in an emergency,” Beier said.

After the Paris attacks, security in public places is top of mind. But the “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” campaign really aims to be ready for any emergency, big or small, by empowering Hoosiers to take control of their surroundings.

“Fear and uncertainty usually come from the unknown. If you know what to expect, the more you know how to handle emergencies and the safer and more secure you are and the more resilient we all are in an emergency,” Beier said. “I’m a big believer that if we’re ready for every day, we’re ready for any day.”

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