National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and DCHHS is encouraging everyone to take part, make a plan, and know what to do during an emergency. The 2015 NPM theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” This means having an up-to-date written contact list for everyone you may need to reach during a disaster. It also means having a backup plan in case the regular ways you communicate with your loved ones are not available.
Throughout September, over 3,000 organizations across the country will participate in activities in support of National Preparedness Month. Local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as businesses and community organizations use National Preparedness Month as a way to encourage individuals to take part in preparedness efforts at home, school, and throughout their communities.
National Preparedness Month was originally launched in 2004 by FEMA in partnership with the Ad Council. The goal of the NPM campaign is to inform, educate and empower Americans during NPM and throughout the year to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
For more information visit www.ready.gov/september.