National Preparedness Month, 2018

Featured Content September 4, 2018 - September is National Preparedness Month, and this year's theme is: "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How."


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. This year's theme focuses on planning, from learning life-saving skills such as CPR to taking practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. (Source: Department of Homeland Security, ready.gov )


Did you know that three major hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, made landfall in the United States and its Caribbean territories over the course of two months in late summer 2017? This was the first time the United States experienced three Category 4 or greater hurricanes during a single hurricane season. (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control – Public Health Preparedness and Response, 2018 National Snapshot )


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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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102 Stat. 4689 - Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Amendments of 1988
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120 Stat. 1725 - Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006
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