National Preparedness Month

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    September is National Preparedness Month
    September 1 marks the start of National Preparedness Month, and serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit. This year’s theme, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” encourages everyone to make a plan, partner with neighbors and community, train to be a citizen responder and practice preparedness. Each week of National Preparedness Month has an individual focus:

    • Week 1: September 1 – 9
      Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
    • Week 2: September 10 - 16
      Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
    • Week 3: September 17 - 23
      Practice and Build Out Your Plans
    • Week 4: September 24 - 30
      Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

    Limited Edition National Preparedness Month Kit: Work-Home-Auto

    National Prepareathon Day, September 15, is the perfect time to do a no cost action – take a few minutes to discuss and practice your emergency plan with your family and within your business or organization. September 15 is a day of action when families, organizations, and communities become better prepared for hazards and other emergencies.npm17_logo_RGB_medium


  • America's PrepareAthon?

    National Preparedness Month ends Today, with America's PrepareAthon!?

    The PrepareAthon is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!

    September is a time to remember and a time to prepare.

    Get a Kit ?

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    Be Informed ?

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    Make a Plan ?

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    Learn more about National Preparedness .

    America’s PrepareAthon! takes a Whole Community approach to disaster preparedness with registered preparedness actions at the grassroots level across the Nation. The campaign offers easy-to-implement resources to help individuals, organizations, and communities practice simple, effective actions. Preparedness actions can be scaled from individual actions to community-wide events.

    For ideas on what you can do for America’s PrepareAthon!, we encourage you to explore the site where you’ll find access to free resources, learn about preparedness events happening in your area, read preparedness stories, and be able to register your own preparedness activities.


  • September is a time to remember and a time to prepare.

    Get a Kit ?

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    Be Informed ?

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    Make a Plan ?

    Image of a compilation of first aid kits,,, and encourage all businesses, organizations, and individuals to join this national effort. 2016 is the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 events. This is a time to remember those lost, and to prepare so you, your loved ones, and your community are prepared for any emergency situation.

    Being a part of the preparedness effort is easy and there are many ways to get involved and make a difference. From participating in an event already planned and scheduled in your community, to including preparedness messaging in existing communications, to working with your local fire community, or even creating an emergency preparedness event or practice drill... No effort is too small or too large!

    Here are some great Preparedness Ideas (Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter for more National Preparedness Month Tips all Month in September):

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    Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and increase the level of preparedness across the nation.

    Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) get an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan, and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

    Preparedneses Month Tips:

    Tip #1: Prepare your Car before your Home. Why? 90% of Americans own a car and travel in it regularly... far more than any other nation. Your vehicle is almost always with you... whether at home or away. Keep your Emergency Preparedness Supplies in your vehicle and odds are you will have them handy when you need them.

    Tip #2: Eat the food in your Freezer after the Food in your Refrigerator. Why? Even though prepared Americans typically will have a well stocked supply of Emergency Preparedness Food and Water, it is advisable to eat and drink what you have in your home BEFORE you break into these supplies. Eat and drink what is available in your home first in case you need to take the Emergency supplies with you - You may be evacuated or find a need to move. Save the more portable Emergency rations for that purpose. Eat and drink what you have in your home sensibly. Do not even open your freezer to take stock of what is inside, in fact, if the power goes out - tape your freezer shut to hold the cold inside. Eat the food in your Refrigerator First, as it will spoil while the freezer food is slowly thawing in the sealed freezer compartment. This can buy you an extra 24 hours in a well stocked, well sealed freezer. After depleting the perishables in your fridge, then move on to the freezer items, but do it quickly - If you have items still frozen in there (towards the middle of the freezer) If so, pull the thawed items to your refrigerator for another cold storage location, work through that, and allow the still-frozen food to remain in the freezer until it thaws... repeat until all perishable food is consumed, and only then move on to your canned and dry goods. This will help you stretch your food supplies for days.

    Tip #3: Do Not Flush Your Toilets (Yet) Why? The water in your toilet tank is potable water... same as your tap water. Save it for Drinking water... If you flush your toilets, your are using gallons of safe, drinkable water that could help sustain your family. Remember, too, that if you have a tank water heater, this may also have many, many gallons of safe water for your consumption so use it for drinking.

    Tip #4: Change your flashlight and Emergency Radio batteries every time you adjust your clocks (daylight savings and standard time) Why? This is an easy way to remember to keep your emergency supplies ready to use. Each time you adjust your clocks forward or back, change the batteries in your Emergency supplies and while you are at it, check the condition and expiration dates of everything in our supply packs... it may be time for replacements or to augment what you have gathered with additional supplies.

    Preparedneses Month Tips:

    ? Become a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member (
    ? Update and Distribute Emergency Contact Information to your Employees. Additionally, you can create and distribute a list of important emergency numbers in the areas you do business.
    ? Host a Business Preparedness Review. Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your companys emergency plans and practice emergency drills. For more information about business preparedness, go to and click on "Ready Business." There are many resources and tools that you can order or download.
    ? Host a Brown Bag Lunch or Preparedness Meeting or Day.
    ? Put Emergency Items on Display. Showcase an Emergency Supply Kit in your break room or other high-traffic locations and encourage employees to get their own Emergency Supply Kits for their homes.
    ? Make Employees Aware. Put a bottle of water on each employees desk along with a note that says "If there is an emergency, do you have enough water to last you and your family for three days?" and a printout of the emergency supply checklist.
    ? Showcase Instructional Videos and PSAs. Play them in lobbies, waiting rooms, break rooms, and/or at events. Various instructional videos are available at
    ? Host a Business Preparedness Workshop. Contact a local business or commerce organization and work together to host workshops for business leaders about the importance of business preparedness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau have worked with the Ready Campaign and their local organizations may be interested in serving as a resource for you.
    ? Conduct Office Evacuation/Shelter-in-Place Exercises and Drills. During the month of September, schedule emergency exercises and drills. Once completed, evaluate how well they worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. For information on addressing the needs of employees with disabilities, visit
    ? Distribute Emergency Preparedness Messages. Include emergency preparedness messages in communication touch points such as e-mails, newsletter articles, bill stuffers, receipts, and Social Media. Recommendations for National preparedness Month:

    PREPARE NOW! September is National Preparedness Month!
    "National Preparedness Month is an important reminder about each American's civic responsibility to prepare for emergencies," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "Those with the capacity and wherewithal to help themselves must do so in advance, so that in the event of an emergency, responders can first assist those who are unable to tend to themselves. From wildfires and earthquakes in California, to hurricanes and tropical storms along the Gulf Coast, to flooding in the Midwest, recent events remind us more than ever that we must prepare ourselves and our families for a disaster. This is the time, each year, when every American should ask the question, 'Am I ready?'"

    The Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps ( are encouraging individuals across the nation to take important preparedness steps that will greatly improve their ability to survive and recover from all types of emergencies, whether natural or man-made. These steps include getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, becoming informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, and getting involved in community preparedness and response efforts. PREPARE NOW...

    Ways & Places for you to Prepare Now! - Click on a link below to see more...

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  • Coming Soon: National PrepareAthon! Day is September 30

    National Preparedness Month culminates with the September 30 National PrepareAthon! Day.

    Twice a year, on September 30 and April 30, America’s PrepareAthon! promotes National PrepareAthon! Days to bring attention to our progress toward creating a more resilient Nation.  America’s PrepareAthon! is a national, year-round, grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises.

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    America’s PrepareAthon! prepares people for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, winter storms, and active shooter.

    The 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! infographic highlights activities you can do in support of the campaign. You can also find out where preparedness events are happening in your community and join in. NPM-10-ways

    Individuals, families, communities, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses are all encouraged to participate and prepare for the hazards that are common to their areas. Find How to Prepare guides, playbooks, and other valuable resources to get started. These tools are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, and French.

    Get ready for National PrepareAthon! Day.  Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare.

  • Presidential Proclamation - National Preparedness Month, 2016


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    Americans have been tested by trial and tragedy since our earliest days -- but year after year, no matter the hardship, we pull through and forge ahead. Fifteen years after the attacks of September 11, we reflect on our strength as a Nation when anything threatens us. Today, as the residents of Louisiana mourn the loss of loved ones and face tremendous damage caused by historic floods, we are reminded of what Americans do in times like these -- we see the power of love and community among neighbors who step up to help in extraordinarily difficult circumstances. Preparing ourselves to meet the unknown challenges of tomorrow is a duty we all share, and when confronted with crisis or calamity, we need to have done everything possible to prepare. During National Preparedness Month, we emphasize the importance of readying ourselves and our communities to be resilient in the face of any emergency we may encounter.

    Although my Administration continues doing everything we can to keep the American people safe, it is each citizen's responsibility to be as prepared as possible for emergencies. Whether in the form of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, or unspeakable acts of evil like terrorism, danger can arise at unexpected times and places. Fortunately, there are many things that individuals, families, and communities can do to improve their readiness. I encourage all Americans to take proactive steps to prepare for any situation that may occur including signing up for local alerts, checking insurance coverage, documenting valuables, creating a plan for emergency communication and evacuation, and having a fully stocked disaster supply kit on hand. And I encourage those in the business community to prepare their employees, develop a business continuity plan, and engage in community-level planning to help ensure our communities and private sector remain strong when faced with an emergency. For information on how to better prepare for emergencies that are common in your area, or to learn about resources that may be available for increasing preparedness, visit or

    In the face of unpredictable threats and hazards, we are committed to improving access to information and raising awareness of the importance of precautionary measures. Leaders across our country should take the time to review the 2016 National Preparedness Report and find ways to address the vulnerabilities it highlights. All Americans can play a role in fulfilling our National Preparedness Goal by addressing the risks that affect them and participating in preparedness activities across our Nation.

    We continue to collaborate with State, local, and tribal partners, along with those in the public and private sectors, to ensure that communities in crisis do not have to face these dangers alone. In addition to coordinating relief efforts and providing rapid response, we have focused on supporting the needs of survivors, investing in affected neighborhoods, and helping them rebuild their communities to be better, stronger, and more resilient. Federal agencies are also working to share resources with the public, promote the tools and technologies that could help during disasters, and offer preparation strategies. We launched America's PrepareAthon! to bring communities together and help them plan for emergencies, and on September 30, we encourage a national day of action to spur preparedness efforts from coast to coast.

    Disasters have become more frequent and severe as our climate changes; both urban and rural areas are already feeling the devastating consequences, including severe droughts and higher sea levels, intense storms and wildfires, and more powerful hurricanes and heat waves. Climate change poses an imminent and lasting threat to our safety and national security, and it is critical that we invest in our infrastructure and integrate the preparedness efforts of our communities to improve our ability to respond to and recover from the effects of our changing climate and extreme weather events.

    This month, we pay tribute to the courageous individuals who rush to the scene of disaster for their dedication to our safety and security, no matter the price. Let us recognize that each of us can do our part to prepare for emergencies, help those affected by disasters, and ensure all our people have the necessary resources and knowledge to protect themselves. Together, we will remain strong and resilient no matter what befalls us.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as National Preparedness Month. I encourage all Americans to recognize the importance of preparedness and work together to enhance our resilience and readiness.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.



  • New Information for National Preparedness Month 2016

    New and updated information to help you prepare this year during National Preparedness Month 2016! Check out the updated government resource links, preparedness tips and recommendation to help you plan and prepare for whatever may come your way!


  • Important Preparedness Dates for your September Calendar

    CERT-30The further away we get from major tragedies like 9/11, Katrina, Sandy, and Joplin - the more complacent we get. Don't fall vicitm to a false sense of security. National Preparedness Month begins tomorrow, and it is essential that we each prepare for disaster, this includes stocking essential survival gear, making a plan, and communicating that plan to others.

    This year also marks the 30th anniversary of CERT - Community Emergency Response Teams know how critical communication is and understand the deeper meaning of this year's NPM theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”fema-npm-2016-logo-disaster-survival

    Don't let National Preparedness Month slip by without making your own efforts, to prepare, plan and share - at home, at work, at school. Here are some helpful dates to consider:

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  • September 11 - #Prep2Serve

    Join the September 11 National Day of Service & Remembrance
    One way to show your support for National Preparedness Month is through volunteering. Volunteers can play an important role in their communities by helping first responders after a disaster. Join thousands of Americans participating in the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives during the September 11, 2001 attacks. The National Day of Service is also dedicated to survivors and those who served their communities following the attacks. Find volunteer opportunities in your area today!
    Also, @Citizen_Corps will host a Twitter chat on Friday, September 9 at 1 PM ET discussing the importance of volunteering and ways you can support your community. Join the conversation using #Prep2Serve.


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  • America's PrepareAthon 2015!

    Today is America's PrepareAthon!

    America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through group discussions, drills, and exercises.


    The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who:

    • Understand which disasters could happen in their community
    • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
    • Take action to increase their preparedness
    • Participate in community resilience planning

    Haven't done anything?
    It is NOT too late!

    Today, America's PrepareAthon is the last day of National Preparedness Month  What's up next? Stop the Bleed, a new focus on the important roel of Bystanders in immediate, lifesaving bleeding control,

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  • Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors acknowledge National Preparedness Month and America's PrepareAthon

    As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we offer information and tips for surviving natural disaster and weather emergencies year-round, now, during National Preparedness Month we want to remind you to actively take part, and make a special effort tomorrow for America's PrepareAthon.WRN-Ambassador

    Know your risk

    Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. It is important to understand potential risks where you live.

    What you can do:

    1. Bookmark to stay informed on severe weather.
    2. Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts, messages that will be sent to your phone during an emergency.
    3. Get practical tips on preparing for disaster at

    Take action

    Make sure that you and your family are prepared for an emergency. Ensure that you can go for at least three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or other local services.
    What you can do:

    1. Prepare a disaster supply kit with at least three days of food and water.
    2. Create a Family Emergency Plan, so that your family knows how to communicate during an emergency.
    3. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.

    Be an example

    Be a positive influence on your community by sharing your preparedness story. Let your friends and family know that you’re prepared for an emergency – and that they should be prepared too. Research has shown that many people won’t prepare until they see others doing so.
    What you can do:

    1. Share your preparedness story on Facebook so that friends and family will know what you’ll do in case of disaster.
    2. Tell the world you’re prepared on Twitter using hashtag #NATLPREP.
    3. Get involved with your local American Red Cross Chapter or train with a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

    You don’t know when an emergency might occur. These simple steps will help you be prepared for the worst.

    FEMA’s website provides detailed information on what may be most important to you and your family.  You can find specific information tailored to specifics needs such as people with disabilities, seniors, assisting children, business readiness, and even information for you pets. For more information, see

    NOAA is working with FEMA and other agencies to help improve disaster readiness through campaigns such as National Preparedness Month. Through efforts such as the Weather-Ready Nation initiative, NOAA seeks to build community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather events.

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