Over the past decade, Americans have endured tragedies including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Aurora, CO movie theater shooting. During such times of crises, citizens are often called to action to help protect not only themselves, but also their neighbors. Community members have come together during these past adversities, but when the next natural or man-made disaster occurs, will the American people be prepared?

Each September is declared as National Preparedness Month (NPM) to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, communities, and schools. Sponsored by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, the goal of the month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies of all kinds and to encourage individuals to take action.

The 2014 theme is "Be Disaster Aware - Take Action to Prepare." Use this opportunity to encourage the public - individuals, businesses, and organizations - to take specific action steps including learning about emergency hazards and their appropriate responses, making a communications plan, building an emergency kit, and getting involved in preparedness in their community. Start by leading with your example - join the National Preparedness Community and take part in America's PrepareAthon! National Day of Action

Learn more and access tools at www.ready.gov. These include the National Preparedness Community, and the NPM Toolkit and resources.

Fire Corps has developed the NPM Resource Center to provide additional tools, resources, and materials that Fire Corps teams can utilize to help ready themselves and their community for emergency situations. Use these resources during National Preparedness Month and throughout the year to help keep your community prepared.

The Four Steps to Being Prepared

Help prepare your community by encouraging everyone to get a kit, make a plan, be informed, and get involved. Click the links below to learn more about each of these steps.

Get A Kit
Make a Plan
Be Informed
Get Involved

Preparedness for Specific Groups

Make sure your department, Fire Corps team, and community are prepared for all types of emergency situations. Click on the links below to find information and resources that you can distribute in your community to make sure everyone's ready.


Fire Corps Program Resources:

Recognizing the potentially tragic impact a devastating emergency 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. The following resources, tools, and ideas are meant to assist Fire Corps members in helping their communities prepare for emergencies.

CERT & Fire Corps: Working Together To Build Stronger Communities
This guide outlines how Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Fire Corps can work together to build stronger communities. It looks at the challenges faced by both programs and shows how working together can help overcome these challenges. This guide also includes profiles of departments that have successfully combined their CERT and Fire Corps efforts to develop a comprehensive program that benefits fire and emergency service departments and the communities they serve.

Fire Prevention Week
Visit Fire Corps' Fire Prevention Week Resource Center to find tips and information you can distribute in your community during Fire Prevention Week. Find more resources and tools for Fire Prevention Week from the National Fire Protection Association at www.firepreventionweek.org.

Preparedness for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990 to guarantee equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. To recognize the needs of this important part of the population, Fire Corps would like to offer Fire Corps teams tips and information to assist those with disabilities and share opportunities for those with disabilities to get involved with their local Fire Corps program.

Are You Ready?
Are You Ready? is a valuable resource guide covering a large range of topics such as natural disasters, terrorism and hazardous materials incidents. This is an in-depth guide to help in preparing for such emergencies.

Resources for Natural Disaster-Related Emergencies:

NVFC Hurricane Preparedness Resource Center
The NVFC provides a compendium of resources and tips to help individuals and communities prepare for hurricanes.

Hurricane Preparedness Information from the Ready Campaign
Brought to you by DHS and the Ready Campaign, this hurricane resource center provides you with valuable information for preparing and planning for this natural disaster, including how to protect your property from hurricane damage.

National Hurricane Center
Learn about hurricane hazards and what you can do to help protect yourself, your family, and your property. Receive current updates and get the latest breaking news.

National Weather Service
This web site consists of detailed weather information and forecasts for each U.S. state.

Earthquake Safety Information
This resource from Guardian Insurance provides information to help communities and families prepare for an earthquake as well as information on what to do before, during, and following an earthquake.

Resources for Terrorism-Related Emergencies:

NVFC Terrorism Awareness Guide
The NVFC provides an overview of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as information on terrorism-related grants, training and learning resources, informational tools, and standards and guidelines to provide citizens critical information on what to do in case of a terrorist threat.

Citizen Guidance on the Homeland Security Advisory System
This Guidance provides recommended actions for citizens in a number of emergency situations. Actions to take include preparing a family emergency plan and creating an "emergency supply kit" for the household. It also recommends completing a CPR course.

Homeland Security - Resources for Citizens
The Department of Homeland Security provides links for citizens to research regarding preparation for unexpected occurrences. Also provided are links about safety and security, as well as DHS contact information.

Resources for Health-Related Emergencies:

Fire Corps Pandemic Flu Resource Center
As the U.S. Government prepares for the possibility of a pandemic influenza outbreak, Fire Corps has launched this Pandemic Influenza Resource Center in order to provide links to key information resources such as pandemicflu.gov, as well as information on how Fire Corps volunteers can help.

Pandemic Influenza
Stay informed about pandemic influenza and be prepared to respond. Consult www.flu.gov for updates on national and international information on pandemic influenza.

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) created this site to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

State and Local Resources:

Citizen Corps Councils
These councils help drive local citizen participation by coordinating Citizen Corps programs, developing community action plans, assessing possible threats and identifying local resources.

State Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Links to homeland security and public safety web sites from the states and the District of Columbia.

FEMA Regional Offices
Links to contact information for FEMA regional offices.



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