NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
September marks the beginning of the sixth annual National Preparedness Month—focusing on becoming better prepared for and more resilient in the face of emergencies of all kinds.
“National Preparedness Month is about building a culture of personal preparedness and shared responsibility across our country.” said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “Every American is a critical member of our nation’s emergency response team,” said FEMA Administrator (and former Florida State Emergency Director) Craig Fugate. “By taking a few simple steps now, each of us can make sure we are better prepared for the next emergency or disaster.”
The most important person to protect your life and property is not the firefighter or police officer or a representative from the federal government…it is you. Through advance planning and preparation, you and your family can be ready for the next emergency, whether it is a hurricane, a fire, a boating incident, or a medical crisis.
If you are at the beginning of preparing you and your family for emergencies and feel overwhelmed, then break your preparedness goals down. Take just one topic and spend an hour a week on preparing. You’ll quickly find many common threads throughout your preparedness goals that are overarching, such as the first aid kit you prepared for your home is also a part of the family disaster plan in preparation for hurricane events. Regardless of which approach you decide upon, the most important criteria is that you begin—today—to be better prepared to plan for, respond to, and recovery from emergency events.
Please refer to the link for more information on a variety of preparedness topics.