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September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.
By Darryl J. Madden, Director,
This September will mark the ten year anniversary
of 9/11 and we ask you to take time to remember those lost as well as
time to make sure you are prepared for future emergencies. September
is National Preparedness Month (NPM), which was founded after 9/11 to
increase preparedness in the U.S. It is a time to prepare yourself and
those in your care for an unexpected emergency.
If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that
emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to
people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash
floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and
power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at
This September, please prepare and plan in the
event you must go for three days without electricity, water service,
access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Just
follow these three steps:
1. Get a Kit:
emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care – water,
non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight,
battery-powered radio – for a checklist of supplies visit Ready.gov.
2. Make a Plan:
on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample
plans, see Ready.gov. Work together with neighbors, colleagues and
others to build community resilience.
3. Be Informed:
is available to assist you from federal, state, local, tribal, and
territorial resources. You can find preparedness information by:
to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency
your local emergency management agency to get essential information on
specific hazards to your area, local plans for shelter and evacuation,
ways to get information before and during an emergency, and how to
sign up for emergency alerts if they are available
firehouse and asking for a tour and information about preparedness
Police, fire and rescue may not always be able to
reach you quickly, such as if trees and power lines are down or if
they're overwhelmed by demand from an emergency. The most important
step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to
take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are
prepared, the quicker the community will recover.
As FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate reminds us,
"Individuals and families are the most important members of the
nation's emergency management team. Being prepared can save precious
time if there is a need to respond to an emergency." For more
information on NPM and for help getting prepared, visit
or call 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585 for
This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:08 PM