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September is National Preparedness Month

by Published On: May 22, 2013Updated On: Aug 26, 2014
FEMA Disaster Planning

America's PrepareAthon! "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare" 

The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.

America's PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.

America's PrepareAthon! is a national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. During National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September individuals and communities are encouraged to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30.

Register a National PrepareAthon! Day event or download the 2014 NPM digital engagement toolkit. For more information on NPM, visit www.ready.gov/september.

And don't forget to check out our LeadingAge compilation of resources specifically for elder care and senior services providers and communities.

"Ready.gov" and" Safe and Well" continue to provide timely disaster-related resources

Are you as an individual, organization, community leader ready for whatever disasters may come your way -- whether weather or man-made?  Ready.gov continues to expand its disaster-related resources, with good plain language explanations and easily navigable resources for a broad range of scenarios. And the Red Cross offers an easy-to-use way of posting/finding updates on the status of individuals and organizations in disaster-impacted areas.

Safe and Well, developed by the Red Cross, offers an easy-to-use way of posting/finding updates on the status of individuals and organizations in disaster-impacted areas. 

With just a name and phone number, you can also post updates and/or seek info on organizations and loved-ones. Sharing this info with your family, friends and staff could be very useful.   

Unfortunately, it usually takes another disaster to remind ourselves that no one is immune.  

Don't wait to take stock of our own preparations, and evaluate possible next steps to bring our preparedness up to the next level.  

Check out Ready.govSafe and Well, and our LeadingAge compilation of resources specifically for elder care and senior services providers and communities.

 



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