Featured Content September 7, 2017 - This year's theme: "Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. YOU CAN."
The goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase the number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions. In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security launched the National "Ready Campaign" to promote preparedness through public involvement, by empowering Americans to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies including natural and manmade disasters. (Source: Department of Homeland Security, ready.gov )
“During National Preparedness Month, we bring attention to the importance of readying ourselves for disasters, both natural and man-made. We also take this time to extend our sincerest gratitude to first responders, who selflessly run toward danger to keep our Nation and its people safe. We vow to support them and provide the tools they need to save lives. Americans can start today to improve our readiness for the next disaster. The first steps include making and practicing a family emergency response plan, creating an emergency supply kit, and signing up for emergency alerts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready campaign outlines additional important and low-cost measures Americans can take right now to protect their family, pets, and property before a major disaster. Together, we will create a stronger and safer Nation.”
President Donald J. Trump proclaimed September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts. View the Proclamation on the White House’s website.