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Fire Prevention Week marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-9 1871. That blaze, which raged for several days, claimed more than 250 lives and destroyed more than 17,400 structures. Like later major fire tragedies such as the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York (145 fatalities) and the 1942 fire in Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub (491 dead), the 1871 Chicago Fire prompted much-needed reform by focusing attention on fire prevention and fire safety.
In 1911, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America proclaimed the nation’s first Fire Prevention Day to promote public awareness of fire safety. Fire-awareness programs and parades were held throughout America.
In 1925, president Calvin Coolidge declared Fire Prevention Week an official national observance. Ever since, the Sunday through Saturday period containing the October 9 anniversary of the Chicago Fire has been the focus of an annual fire-safety-awareness campaign sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.
Reference: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
National Preparedness Month marks the anniversary of the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, our nation has taken great measures to better prepare for unforeseen emergency situations that may arise at any given time.
Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month presents a month-long nationwide campaign to promote emergency preparedness and focuses on prevention, protection, response and recovery efforts for all hazards, including terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
Throughout the month of September, families, companies and communities are encouraged to be aware as to the importance of being prepared by developing and/or reviewing disaster plans and procedures, scheduling and conducting fire/emergency disaster drills, gathering supplies and staying informed.
Croker is a long-standing partner with New York City’s Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) Partners in Preparedness program. This nationally recognized program supports organizations in preparing their employees, services, and facilities for emergencies.
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