Start Planning Now for National Preparedness Month

Monday, 21 July 2008

September is National Preparedness Month and Fire Corps has updated its online National Preparedness Month Resource Center to help local Fire Corps programs and citizens start preparing now. The Resource Center provides valuable information on a variety of preparedness topics, including hurricane and other weather-related disasters, terrorism, fire safety, and preparedness for individuals with disabilities.

Launched in 2004, National Preparedness Month is celebrated each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign, the month is an opportunity to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action. This year’s theme focuses on important preparedness steps individuals should take, including getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, being informed, and getting involved.

Fire Corps developed the National Preparedness Month Resource Center to provide tools, resources, and materials that Fire Corps teams can utilize to help ready themselves and their community for emergency situations. Access the Fire Corps National Preparedness Month Resource Center online at www.firecorps.org. Fire Corps is a member of the National Preparedness Month Coalition, which is comprised of over 1,300 organizations that have partnered together to support and promote the initiative. Learn more about National Preparedness Month at www.ready.gov.

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