Tuesday, September 6, 2011

FEMA: September is National Preparedness Month

FEMA: September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

-A Time to Remember. A Time to prepare-

Release Date: September 2, 2011
Release Number: R10-11-027

» 2011 Region X News Releases

SEATTLE, Wash. -- September is National Preparedness Month, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has joined with more than 6,000 federal, tribal, state and local coalition members from across the country to encourage Americans to prepare their homes, businesses, schools and communities for disasters of all kinds. According to FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, this year marks the eighth annual observance of National Preparedness Month, and the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"This year's National Preparedness Month theme is: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare," said Murphy." We focus on taking simple, but potentially life-saving steps to enhance preparedness, including: Get an Emergency Supply Kit; Make a Family Emergency Plan; Be Informed about the different types of emergencies; and Get Involved in your community's preparedness efforts."

"Preparing for disasters means that we must plan for the Whole Community, including people of different ages and those with various access and functional needs," continued Murphy. "It means planning for children -- and not just thinking of them as small adults. It means planning for the elderly, and planning for families without access to personal transportation. Whole Community preparedness means more than just planning for what's easy -- we have to plan for what's real."

National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Advertising Council. For more information on National Preparedness Month activities, and how to become a coalition member, visit www.fema.gov, Ready.gov and CitizenCorps.gov.

Follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. Social media links are provided for reference only. FEMA does not endorse non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Modified: Tuesday, 06-Sep-2011 14:43:47

The government spends a lot of time and money preparing for various emergencies, disasters, and hazards, but it can't--won't--prepare for you, and you shouldn't count on it doing so. Of course, if you're the type who expects the .gov to take care of you at all, let alone in an emergency, disaster, or hazardous situation, it is highly unlikely that you would read this blog anyway.

Whether you think the government should be spending tons of money to help people whose lives have been disrupted by a disaster or not, it should be obvious that the more people prepare, and the more prepared they are, the better off we will all be.

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