Last Thursday marked the beginning of the 2016 National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
“Disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends, and so it is important to take a few minutes now to plan what you will do in the event you are separated,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate. “It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school. But by having that conversation or making a plan, families will have more confidence and be better prepared when the next event happens.”
Managed and sponsored by the Ready Campaign, National Preparedness Month is designed to raise awareness and encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, workplace, organizations, businesses, and places of worship.
For more information about National Preparedness Month, please follow the links below.
National Preparedness Month, Ready.gov
September is National Preparedness Month, Federal Emergency Management Agency