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September Is National Preparedness Month

Led by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, National Preparedness Month is supported by a coalition of public,...
September 8, 2010

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies.

Led by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, National Preparedness Month is supported by a coalition of public, private and non-profit organizations that help spread the preparedness message.

"During National Preparedness Month, we stress the importance of strengthening the security and resiliency of our Nation through systematic preparation for the full range of hazards threatening the United States in the 21st century, including natural disasters, cyber attacks, pandemic disease, and acts of terrorism," said the Proclamation declaring the event. "This year marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most tragic and destructive disasters in American history.  In remembrance of this national tragedy, we must reaffirm our commitment to readiness and the necessity of preparedness."

In a survey conducted late last summer, the Red Cross found that although 89 percent of those surveyed believe being prepared is important, far fewer people are ready for when that happens.  Twenty percent of those surveyed have not done anything to get prepared, and aren't sure where to get started.

Click here to read Small Business Administration Urges Public to Plan for Disasters (9/1/10)
 
Click here to visit the National Preparedness Month Website