SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reminding everyone that September is National Preparedness Month. This National Preparedness Month, which is sponsored by FEMA's Ready Campaign, FEMA is encouraging all Americans to visit www.Ready.gov and learn how they can better prepare themselves and their families before the next emergency or disaster.
"Disasters can strike in the blink of an eye, anytime, anywhere," said Acting FEMA Regional Administrator Dennis Hunsinger. "By taking a few simple steps now you can ensure that your family and your community are prepared before the next emergency arises. We urge every American to take the steps necessary to keep their family safe, which include getting a kit, making a plan, being informed and getting involved."
This year the focus of National Preparedness Month is on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and helping Americans understand what it truly means to be Ready. National Preparedness Month Coalition members have agreed to distribute emergency preparedness information and sponsor activities across the country that will promote emergency preparedness. Membership is open to all public and private sector organizations.
FEMA's Citizen Corps is also an important partner in this campaign. Citizen Corps is FEMA's grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience.
To see a list of national, regional, tribal, state, local businesses and organizations which have pledged their support and joined the 2009 National Preparedness Month Coalition please visit.
For more information on the Ready Campaign and NPM, please visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov. Information is also available by phone at 1-800-BE-READY or 1-888-SE-LISTO. For information on Citizen Corps please visit www.citizencorps.gov.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.