September is National Preparedness Month
This September is National Preparedness Month and You Can Be the Hero.
The event, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.
FEMA Region 6 is participating this year by hosting or participating in numerous internal and external events.
One of National Preparedness Month’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with four important steps:
- Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency
- Make a plan for what to do in an emergency
- Build an emergency supply kit
- Get involved.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.
Visit http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM for more information.
America’s PrepareAthon! SM is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. Conducted every spring and fall, America’s PrepareAthon! provides a national spotlight on the importance for Americans to practice preparedness actions before a disaster or emergency strikes.
The first official nationwide America’s PrepareAthon! event will occur in spring 2014. Participants can register at www.fema.gov/PrepareAthon beginning December 2013.
Nationwide events will be scheduled to take place everywhere across America. Individuals, families, organizations and communities will have the opportunity to take part in a range of preparedness activities based on the hazard selected.