Sep 7, 2012

September is National Preparedness Month

PledgeToPrepare_FB_CoverOn August 31, 2012, President Obama declared September as National Preparedness Month (NPM).  The 2012 theme – Pledge to Prepare – asks individuals, families and organizations to make a commitment and to take an action to prepare. NPM is a nationwide effort led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, in partnership with Citizen Corps, the Ad Council and other federal, state, local and private sector organizations.  The NPM campaign encourages agencies, communities, individuals, families and businesses to take action to prepare for emergencies – individually or as a group – and protect themselves during hazardous events. 
NFM is also supported by the National Preparedness Coalition (of which APWA is a member), the nation’s largest online forum organized to improve our nation’s resilience against all-hazards.  At last count, over 950 preparedness events have been organized by the 14,500 members of the Coalition.  Join the Coalition to find preparedness events taking place near you. 

Click on the links below for more information and resources on preparedness (many of these sites are available in multiple languages)
National Preparedness Month Proclamation– Read the Press Release on the President’s Proclamation
National Preparedness Coalition – become an NPM Coalition Member and find preparedness events that may be taking place near you
Ready.Gov - download a family emergency plan and emergency kit checklists
Citizen Corps Council - learn more about how you can get involved in your community

Disaster Preparedness Apps, Texts and Technology!

  • Download the FEMA App to access disaster preparedness tips, build a personal emergency kit and look for open Disaster Recovery Centers along with open shelters (if you're a disaster survivor).
  • Local emergency management officials often have notification systems. Opt-In to a distribution for your community. To find out if your community offers such services, contact your local office of Emergency Management.
  • Signup to receive a monthly preparedness tip from FEMA's text messages program.
  • Bookmark important mobile sites:
                American Red Cross
                Center for Diseases Control
                National Hurricane Center
  • Follow FEMA and Ready on line:
                 FEMA Blog
                 Administrator Craig Fugate on Twitter
                 FEMA on Twitter / Ready on Twitter
                 FEMA on Facebook
                 FEMA on YouTube