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NEWS | Aug. 24, 2016

September is National Preparedness Month

502nd Civil Engineer Squadron

September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder to take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect individuals where they live, work and visit.

Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” it is returning in September with an emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

President Obama’s Proclamation for National Preparedness Month was given Aug. 31, 2015.

In this proclamation he stated, “Every year, communities across our country face emergencies – from unforeseen natural disasters to deliberate acts – that test our nation’s grit and challenge us to overcome tragedy.”

Obama also said, “While my administration is working to keep all Americans safe, each of us can do our part. Together, we can protect our families and help our communities by planning for emergencies and for the unexpected. Every September, we celebrate our nation’s spirit of resilience by redirecting ourselves to the important task of being prepared in the face of any crisis.”

Sept. 30, people will join with the federal government to take action as part of America’s PrepareAthon!

“I urge Americans to make a plan and participate in this important opportunity to increase their own preparedness,” Obama said. “During National Preparedness Month, let us all renew our commitment to ready ourselves, our families, and our communities for any challenge.”

For more information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, visit https://www.ready.gov/calendar.

Focus Week Theme and Resource
• Week 1: Aug. 28-Sept. 3 – Kickoff to
National Preparedness Month
Visit http://www.ready.gov/september
• Week 2: Sept. 4-10 – Multigenerational Preparedness
Prepare a family emergency communication plan
• Week 3: Sept. 11-17 – Community Service
Get involved in your community
• Week 4: Sept. 18-24 – Individual Preparedness
download the FEMA app for information and ideas
• Week 5: Sept. 25-30 – Lead up to
National PrepareAthon! Day
National PrepareAthon Day!