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This September: Remember, Prepare, Plan with your Family




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By Darryl J. Madden, Director, Ready Campaign

This September will mark the ten year anniversary of 9/11 and we ask you to take time to remember those lost as well as time to make sure you are prepared for future emergencies. September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), which was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for an unexpected emergency.

Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities and families just like yours. This September, please prepare in the event your family must go for a few days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services. Just follow these three steps: Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be informed.

Get a Kit

Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for your family – water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and a battery-powered radio. See the checklist here. If you own pets, remember to include their food and supplies in your supply kit. The Ready Kids family-friendly website ( features instructions on what families and teachers can do to prepare for emergencies and the role kids can play in that effort. Spanish material is available at Listo Niños (

Make a Plan

Discuss and agree on an emergency plan with your family. You can  download it from our website.

Be Informed

In addition to the site, free information is available from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources to assist you. Contact your local emergency management agencies to get details on specific hazards in your area, local plans for shelter and evacuation, ways to get specific information before and during an emergency, and how to sign up to receive emergency alerts if they are available.

Consider planning a Ready Kids event in your community to encourage other families to remember, and prepare. Sample activities that are great for schools, scouts and other youth groups include:

• Helping Girl Scouts & Boy Scout work towards achieving their new Preparedness Patch

• Volunteering to present preparedness information in your child’s class or in PTO/PTA meetings

• Inviting officials from your local Office of Emergency Management, Citizen Corps Council, or first responder teams to speak at schools or youth events

As FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate reminds us, "Individuals and families are the most important members of the nation's emergency management team. Being prepared can save precious time if there is a need to respond to an emergency."

For more information on National Preparedness Month and for help getting your family, business or community prepared, visit or call 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585.

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:08 PM



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