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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month! Now in its tenth year, the nation-wide, month-long effort aims to involve the whole community in preparedness.

Individuals are encouraged to educate themselves about the emergencies that could happen, make a plan for what to do in case of an emergency, and create a supply kit that could sustain them for three days if they lost access to electricity, water, or food. Emergencies can take various forms, from natural disasters like hurricanes, fires, and floods to cyber incidents, acts of terrorism, and more. Americans across the country should be prepared to protect themselves, their families, and their communities against such a diverse set of events.

National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and FEMA's Ready Campaign disseminates information to help the general public prepare for emergencies.

President Obama also released a proclamation in which he encouraged "all Americans to recognize the importance of preparedness and work together to enhance our national security, resilience, and readiness."

In support of efforts to make the country more resilient, the HSDL will publish blogs on significant resources related to emergency preparedness throughout the month, which will be noted in the title with "National Preparedness Month Blog".