You be hearing a LOT about preparedness for us as we gear up toward National Preparedness Month 2014 (and we'll announce this year's Theme as soon as it is released.) Also, you'll get daily updates on National Preparedness Month not just during September, but almost every day in August, too (after all PREparedness means before, right? And, too, our readers need time to plan, gather supplies, etc. to share with friends, family, and co-workers during National Preparedness Month.) This year is significant as it is the first year in the next "4 year plan" for FEMA, too. FEMA Strat PlanFEMA’s Strategic Plan is created every four year and outlines a clear roadmap for building a stronger, dynamic, and innovative New FEMA that fulfills our vision of becoming the Nation’s Preeminent Emergency Management and Preparedness Agency. The 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan has been released (download below) The 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan reflects objectives the Agency will accomplish to provide the best possible support to the American people before, during, and after disasters. It sets forth the strategies FEMA will employ to accomplish the objectives and also establishes measurable outcomes to achieve. This Strategic Plan was developed through the involvement of hundreds of FEMA employees and many external stakeholders who contributed to generating our objectives, strategies, and outcomes, and who are now working to execute this Plan. FEMA is just one part of the Nation’s emergency management team. The Agency will be successful only by building, sustaining, and drawing upon the capabilities of the whole community. The support and engagement of partners throughout Federal, state, and local governments; tribal governments; the private sector; faith-based and non-profit communities; and citizens across our country will ensure our collective success in bringing about the outcomes set forth in this Plan.

Disaster, Survival, Preparation

Survival Gear: Disaster, Emergency Preparedness, Camping & Survival Supply 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Nuclear Disasters, Wilderness Survival & More… C.E.R.T. & F.E.M.A. Disaster, Survival, & Preparation! Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car. What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.) Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:
  • Count your stock... is it enough?
  • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
  • Keep cash on hand
  • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
  • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!