September is National Preparedness Month

2018 FEMA logo for National Preparedness Month


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established National Preparedness Month (NPM) in 2004 to remind Americans of the importance of being prepared for an emergency in their home, business, school, or community.

The tragedy of 9/11 highlighted the need for better emergency management and preparation. The decision to make September the NPM is partly to honor the memory of this tragic event, but also because September represents the height of the Atlantic hurricane season and the end of an increasingly active fire season in the U.S.

FEMA manages disaster preparedness in the U.S. based on five foundational objectives—prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery—and 32 distinct core capabilities that hinge on effective planning, informing and warning the public, and having a coordinated operational response to emergencies. The 2015 update of the National Preparedness Goal explains these objectives and capabilities in detail.

The primary goal of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is

“[A] secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.”

Several agencies and organizations provide resources for preparing your family and community for an emergency.  Some of these include:

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) website provides a searchable timeline of disasters and emergencies and contains several reports on emergency preparation and planning.

HSDL featured topics include cyber protection, emergency preparedness, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks–all of which underscore the need for emergency planning at the individual and community level.

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Some links in this article require CHDS access, click here for direct access to the National Preparedness Goals.

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