Use these materials to help get local, provincial or territorial governments to officially recognize Fall Prevention Month (FPM) and lend their support to FPM via social and traditional media during the month of November.
Here are some tips for initiating a proclamation process:
- Prepare a proclamation package. The overall package can include an advisory note, draft proclamation, draft letter from the associated member of government and a draft communication plan. Your jurisdiction may have specific guidelines in terms of packages and process, so be sure to investigate this first before you get started.
- Get started early! Allow for three to four months for the process. This includes developing your proclamation package for your local government (approx. one month) and the approval process of your proclamation package (approx. three months).
- Save the finalized documents for next year. Usually, governments make proclamations one year at a time (i.e., it’s not an indefinite proclamation). For following years, it’ll be quicker and easier to replicate (and update, as needed) the existing package/process, rather than starting from scratch. A new proclamation from government each year also helps draw attention to the campaign.
- For provincial or territorial proclamations: If you do not work within the provincial or territorial government, identify a partner who does who can help shepherd the package through approvals. The provincial or territorial process has several levels of governmental approvals.