National Preparedness Month, 2017

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.”

Proclamation 9632 of August 30, 2017
82 FR 42019 - National Preparedness Month, 2017
By the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump

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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.



Related Legislation

H.R. 3672 (IH) - Making supplemental appropriations for disaster relief requirements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017
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42 U.S.C. 68 - DISASTER RELIEF
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H. Rept. 115-233 - NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM ACT OF 2017
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H. Rept. 115-276 - REPEATEDLY FLOODED COMMUNITIES PREPARATION ACT
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88 Stat. 143 - Disaster Relief Act of 1974
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Resources

  • Explore Homeland Security’s ready.gov website for numerous downloads to share on Being Informed, Planning Ahead, and Taking Action.
  • Visit the U.S. Government Publishing Office Bookstore’s website to find more publications related to emergency and disaster preparedness.
  • National Red Cross – Create a Family Game Plan
  • FEMA’s Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information to Get Ready
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • FEMA’s America’s PreparAthon is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience.
  • Homeland Security’s educational resources for children, parents and educators and, brochures and other free publications for you and your community.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program Make sure you know what your insurance policy covers before an emergency.