National Preparedness Month: Home and Family Preparedness (September 24-28)

Monday, 24 September 2007

September is National Preparedness Month, and this week's focus is Home and Family Preparedness. To protect yourself and your family, it is important to be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and how to respond. Encourage your Fire Corps teams to use the information below to better educate themselves, their families, their community, and fire/ EMS departments on preparing for unexpected situations. For more information on National Preparedness Month, visit the Fire Corps web site at

All-Ways Fire Safe at Home - Fire Safety Module

Fire Corps and the Home Safety Council (HSC) have partnered to develop a Fire Safety Module that can be used to implement a comprehensive fire and life safety public education program at the local level. Based on the HSC's All-Ways Fire Safe at Home program, this module is comprised of four fire safety education programs that Fire Corps teams can use to promote fire and life safety to community members in different stages of life, including preschool, elementary school, middle school, and older adult. It can be ordered free-of-charge from the Fire Corps national office at 1-888-FC-INFO1 (324-6361) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fire Corps Pandemic Flu Resource Center

Recognizing the potentially tragic impact an influenza pandemic could have on our nation’s fire and emergency service responders, Fire Corps, its partners, and members of its National Advisory Committee have worked to generate awareness not just among fire and emergency service personnel, but also among the thousands of Fire Corps volunteers that support them every day. In doing so, Fire Corps has launched a Pandemic Influenza Resource Center in order to provide links to key information resources such as, as well as information about specific actions Fire Corps volunteers can take to help.

Department of Homeland Security - Ready America Instructional Videos

In order to encourage Americans to prepare themselves, their families, and their communities, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with The Ad Council, has created instructional videos to help educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all kinds of emergencies.

Department of Homeland Security - Ready America: Pet Items

This site offers information on how to prepare your pets for unexpected situations. Here you will find resources including instructional videos and informational brochures to help you take care of your pets in an emergency.

Fire Corps Fire Prevention Week Tips

October 7-13 marks Fire Prevention Week (FPW), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Fire Corps have teamed up to provide fire safety tips each day of the week to help keep your family, friends, and communities safer. These tips will be released the second week of October and will also be posted on the Fire Corps web site at These tips can be shared with your Fire Corps teams, department staff, communities, and more.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Weather Safety

This site provides information on extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightening, heat waves, winter fronts, hurricanes, floods, and more. Utilize this information to prepare yourself and family for these situations.

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