Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September. Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events.
FEMA’s Ready Campaign, its’ National Preparedness Community, the correlating public education outreach campaign, disseminates information to help the general public prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
NOAA is encouraging everyone to do their part. They asking everyone to “Be a Force of Nature”. Be a “Force of Nature” by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example in your community.
- Know your risk – The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family.
- Take action – Be Force of Nature by making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes creating a disaster supplies kit and making sure that you can receive emergency messages.
- Be an example – Be a positive influence on your community by sharing your weather preparedness story. Be a Force of Nature by letting your friends and family know what you did to become weather-ready.
NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation initiative is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. As part of the Weather-Ready Nation initiative, NOAA, along with partners such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), wants to motivate individuals and communities to take actions that will prepare them in the event of a weather disaster and to share their preparedness steps with others. These actions can save lives anywhere – at home, in schools, and in the workplace before tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme types of weather strike.
- FEMA – National Preparedness Community – http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/grouphome
- NOAA – Be a Force of Nature: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/force.html#.UnhfkFOmZXJ
- NOAA – Weather Ready Nation – Website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/
- Image Source: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/ [Accessed August 16, 2013]