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Army's fall, winter safety campaign
reaffirms commitment to protect, prepare
|FORT RUCKER, Ala. (U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety
Center) — The 2009 U.S. Army Fall and Winter Safety Campaign reaffirms
the Army’s commitment to protecting its band of brothers and sisters by
urging all Soldiers, civilians and family members to prepare for
cold-weather activities through awareness, education and information.
“Whether it is a football game, holiday party or family road trip, the
fall and winter months are always full of fun and family,” Col. Scott
Thompson, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center deputy commander,
said. “To make sure these activities remain fun and not fatal, however,
we must be proactive about our cold-weather safety and take the steps
needed to reduce risk in all activities.”
This year’s campaign, which runs Oct. 1 – March 31, will be driven by a
theme reminding all audiences that even though the temperatures are
colder, the fall and winter months are “no time to chill” when it comes
to safety and risk management.
“The Fall/Winter Safety Campaign reminds all Soldiers that whether they
are working in the motorpool or flight line, hitting the slopes, or
enjoying the cooler temperatures with family and friends, composite risk
management must remain a top priority in every activity — on and off
duty,” Thompson said.
To help leaders at all levels build and manage their own top-quality
fall and winter safety engagement plans, the team at the U.S. Army
Combat Readiness/Safety Center has developed feature articles, posters,
videos and public-service announcements focusing on many important
season-appropriate safety topics.
The products, which will focus on topics including hunting, fall/winter
outdoor injuries, safe celebrations, home safety, fire safety, winter
driving and more, are now available on the USACR/Safety Center Web site,
https://safety.army.mil, under the
Fall/Winter Safety Campaign icon.
“Colder months present unique challenges for keeping our Soldiers and
their family members safe but by working together we can reduce the risk
in all fall and winter activities,” Thompson said. “
Make your plan, get the right gear for the activity and have a safe and
happy cold-weather season.