National Preparedness Month (NPM) has been observed every September since 2004. September has been the month designated as National Preparedness Month. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security. NPM’s goal is to encourage everyone to prepare and plan for all kinds of emergencies. The event is a nationwide effort and the theme this year is “Pledge to Prepare – Awareness to Action”.
FEMA is asking the public including individuals, business’s, and organizations, to take specific action steps to prepare by doing at least one of the following:
1. Get an emergency supply kit.
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
3. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your cowmmunity, and identify sources of information in your cowmmunity that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
Remember, you will probably be on your own during the first 36 hours after an emergency. Since responders are helping people most in need, families should be prepared to take care of themselves during that time period. One of the key messages of NPM is to have enough supplies to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparedness Month is a great opportunity to learn ways to become better prepared for emergencies of all types.
We highly recommend checking out Ready.gov here. In its Navigation section, it tells you how to prepare for all sorts of emergencies. The site also provides you with prepared messages for each week this month to share with family and friends.