Minor League Baseball Teams and the Boy Scouts Pitch In to
Prepare for Emergencies Nationwide.
For the third consecutive year, Minor League Baseball is partnering with the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign to educate and empower
Americans to prepare for natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
More than 35 teams are stepping up to the plate during the 2006 season to help
encourage fans to prepare for emergencies.
"Enjoying a local ballgame is an American tradition that attracted more than
41 million spectators last season," said Homeland Security's Undersecretary for
Preparedness George Foresman. "We appreciate Minor League Baseball's continued
support of the Ready Campaign. Through their assistance, and that of the Boy
Scouts of America, we will reach baseball fans throughout the nation with
important preparedness messages."
Teams across the country will hold Ready nights during the 2006 season where
local Boy Scouts, Citizen Corps volunteers and other community members will
distribute emergency preparedness brochures to fans. The brochures and other
materials available at www.ready.gov provide valuable information to help
individuals prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.
Teams will also feature the Ready public service announcements on their
scoreboards and in game programs.
"Like baseball, preparing for emergencies takes planning and practice," said
Mike Moore, president and CEO of Minor League Baseball. "Our organization is
proud to be part of the Homeland Security and Boy Scout efforts to educate
Americans on how to prepare their families in case of an emergency through
the Ready Campaign."
Boy Scout troops across the nation are taking part in this effort for the
third straight year. By participating in the preparedness initiative, Scouts
are able to earn the Good Turn for America Award, which fosters joint community
service projects between the Boy Scouts and organizations like Homeland
Security. More information about the Boy Scouts of America and these awards
can be found at www.scouting.org.
"Each 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 troops. One of the most important ways they
can help our communities is to provide their neighbors with the resources they
need to prepare for emergencies."
Some teams will enlist the assistance of Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's
grassroots network of state, local, and tribal councils that build on community
strengths to make them safer, stronger, and better prepared. Citizen Corps
councils localize the Ready Campaign's preparedness messages and provide
opportunities for citizens to receive emergency response training participate
in community exercises and volunteer to support local first responders.
Citizen Corps councils currently serve more than 70 percent of the U.S.
Rex, the Ready Kids mascot, will also go to bat for Ready by appearing at
select Minor League games. Developed with the help of the Advertising Council,
Rex is a strong and confident mountain lion who encourages families to prepare
for emergencies. Rex, along with his wife, Purrcilla; daughter, Rory; and best
friend, Hector Hummingbird, help educate children about the simple steps their
families can take to prepare for emergencies.
2006 Season Participating Minor League Baseball Teams and
Schedule of Ready Games As of May 8, 2006
|Bowie Bay Sox
||Fort Mill, SC
||6/14/06 and 7/8/06|
|Lake County Captains
|Mahoning Valley Scrappers
|New Orleans Zephyrs
||Oklahoma City, OK
|Palm Beach Cardinals
||Palm Beach, FL
|Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
||Rancho Cucamonga, CA
|Rochester Red Wings
|Round Rock Express
||Round Rock, TX
|Savannah Sand Gnats
|Staten Island Yankees
||Staten Island, NY
|Syracuse Sky Chiefs
|Toledo Mud Hens
|Vermont Lake Monsters
|West Tenn Diamond Jaxx
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security promotes individual emergency
preparedness through the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps as part of a broader
national effort conducted by the Department's Preparedness Directorate. Ready
is a national public service advertising campaign produced by The Advertising
Council in partnership with Homeland Security. The Ready Campaign is designed
to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies,
including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. Individuals
interested in more information about family and business preparedness can
visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY to receive a "Get Ready Now"
brochure. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes
preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency
response training, participate in community exercise,; and volunteer to support
local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest
Citizen Corps council by visiting www.CitizenCorps.gov.