Established in 2004 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month encourages everyone to prepare for all emergencies. Though many National Preparedness Month themes are geared toward individuals and families for dealing with disaster. The better prepared a family or community is, the better able they are to bounce back when the emergency is over.
September Chosen for Two Main Reasons
· In recognition of the tragic events on September 11, 2001.
· September is the height of hurricane season in the Atlantic.
Preparedness is a concept that many realize is important, but isn't always implemented. Either no one has a clear idea where to begin, or they believe preparedness is too difficult to achieve. That's where National Preparedness Month is vital. By creating easy to understand themes like, "Don't Wait. Communicate." and encouraging activities, preparedness becomes something more approachable for families and communities.
Ready.gov/September provides tips on plans and preparedness for individuals to cover all elements of preparedness. DallasEmergencyManagement.com can help develop plans and processes.
Create a Three-Step Process
· Plans to stay safe in case of emergency.
· Plans to communicate with family.
· Plans to have adequate supplies to get through an emergency.
The City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is an active participant in National Preparedness Month. OEM will be doing month-long social media and other activities.