NVFC Joins National Preparedness Month 2006 Coalition

Tuesday, 18 July 2006

September 2006 Effort Will Promote Family Emergency Preparedness

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has joined a coalition of more than 200 national, regional, state and local organizations to support National Preparedness Month 2006. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. This year's goals are to increase public awareness about the importance of family emergency preparedness and to urge individuals to make themselves and their loved ones better prepared.

"Every American has a personal responsibility to ensure that their family is prepared for the unexpected," said Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman. "Through this effort, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Preparedness Month Coalition will encourage all Americans to be ready before emergencies happen."

National Preparedness Month provides Americans with information about preparing themselves, their families and their communities for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist threats. Activities across the nation encourage individuals to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about the different threats that may affect them.

In addition to joining the National Preparedness Coalition, the NVFC supports individual and community preparedness through its affiliation with Citizen Corps, the Department of Homeland Security's grassroots effort that provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training, participate in community exercises and volunteer to support local first responders. As part of this affiliation, the NVFC helps to administer the Fire Corps program, which helps increase the capacity of fire and emergency service departments by engaging citizens in non-emergency roles. For more information about Fire Corps, visit www.firecorps.org. For more information about the NVFC, visit www.nvfc.org.

National Preparedness Coalition membership is open to all public and private sector organizations. To learn more about participating in National Preparedness Month or to register a group in the National Preparedness Month Coalition, visit http://www.ready.gov/america/npm/index.htm.

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