September is National Preparedness Month

September 6, 2016

Emergencies can happen at any time, often with little or no notice, and come in many forms, from dormitory fires to severe weather to accidents. While we cannot normally control how, when, or where disasters occur, we are able to plan and prepare our camps and ourselves before they do. September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time to recognize the importance of preparedness, take action, and work together to enhance our resilience and readiness. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) national Ready campaign promotes being informed and taking specific actions to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Last year's National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme, "Don't Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today," returns this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth (especially teens), older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Weekly themes have been established and offer graphics, videos, social media content, and related links to make sharing important preparedness information easier and ongoing throughout the month.

  • Week 1 (August 28-September 3): Promote NPM
  • Week 2 (September 4-10): Preparing Family and Friends
  • Week 3 (September 11-17): Preparing Through Service
  • Week 4 (September 18-24): Individual Preparedness
  • Week 5 (September 25-30): Lead-up to National PreparAthon! Day

In addition to the resources offered for NPM through FEMA, several other organizations are providing free information and materials in support of individual and community preparedness efforts this month.

  • 2016 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar - Learn more about each topic month or week and get content to promote preparedness information all year.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response - This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website offers resources for protecting yourself and loved ones, including information on specific types of emergencies, for specific groups, and coping with disaster or traumatic events, as well as resources for emergency health professionals. 
  • Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response NPM - The CDC, in coordination with more than 3,000 national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations, is supporting emergency preparedness efforts during the month of September to include blog posts, social media messaging, Twitter chats, and graphics. The messaging will focus on a different topic each week: prepare globally, prepare to respond, prepare locally, prepare together, and prepare yourself. 
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) - In support of NPM, the NCTSN is offering disaster preparedness materials designed to help children, families, school personnel, and communities become more educated and prepared in the event of a disaster.
  • Weather-Ready Nation Initiative - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is working with FEMA and other agencies to help improve disaster readiness through campaigns such as NPM. Through this initiative, NOAA seeks to build individual and community resilience during extreme weather events.
  • Zombie Preparedness - According to the CDC, what first began as a tongue in cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be an effective platform. Zombie Preparedness continues to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all hazards preparedness. Visit the website for materials and ideas to share with your new and returning students.   

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