On 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
- 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!
American Red Cross
Center for Diseases Control
National Hurricane Center
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:
Administrator Craig Fugate on Twitter
FEMA on Twitter
Follow FEMA and Ready on line:
/ Ready on Twitter
FEMA on Facebook
FEMA on YouTube