September is National Preparedness Month
September 8, 2006 -- National
Preparedness Month is a nationwide coordinated effort held each
September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare
for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. The U.S.
Homeland Security (DHS) is sponsoring National Preparedness Month
will focus on family emergency preparedness.
The goal of National Preparedness Month is to
increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for
emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist
attacks and to encourage individuals to take action to prepare
themselves and their families. National Preparedness Month promotes
activities across the nation to encourage individuals to get an
emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, become informed
about different threats, and get involved in preparing their communities
for possible emergencies.
A few examples of the types of activities and
events that DHS and the National preparedness Month 2006 coalition
members are sponsoring this fall to engage Americans and increase
our nation's overall level of preparedness are as follows:
1. DHS, AARP, the American Red Cross, National
Organization on Disability and National Fire Protection Association
will release and distribute new emergency information for older
Americans and individuals with disabilities and special needs.
2. Wal-Mart is promoting personal and family
emergency preparedness to its 1.4 million employees through multiple
internal communication mediums and employee
events. The company is also encouraging the 127 million customers
that shop at their stores each week to prepare by featuring Ready
Campaign public service advertisements and distributing preparedness
information in its 3,800 stores across America.
3. DHS, the Advertising Council and Radio Disney
are promoting emergency preparedness to families in 33 cities
through Radio Disney's "Feelin' Groovy" tour. The tour
of 63 malls across the country features interactive events designed
to bring health and safety messages to children and families.
4. Throughout the year, DHS promotes individual
emergency preparedness through
the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps as part of a broader national
effort conducted by the department's Preparedness Directorate.
Ready is a national public service advertising campaign produced
by The Advertising Council that is designed to educate and empower
Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including
natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. The campaign's
Web site (www.ready.gov) and
toll free number (1-800-BE-READY) provides Americans with free
preparedness information. Citizen Corps, DHS' grassroots effort,
localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for
citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community
exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. Two
thousand Citizen Corps Councils are at work across the nation
making their communities safer, stronger and better prepared.
5. Throughout the country, several cities are
doing their part in becoming prepared for emergencies.
- Oklahoma City held several Elementary school
assemblies to teach children about the weather and how to recognize
and gather items that belong in an emergency kit.
- Los Angeles will host a series of fairs in
parks and malls across the area to teach preparedness for emergencies.
- Louisville, Lexington, Somerset, Fort Mitchell,
Bowling Green and Mayfield, Kentucky will host a series of summits
for small and medium size businesses to become informed and
6. CERT Training (Community Emergency Response
Team) is a voluntary program. CERT was developed and first implemented
by the City of Los Angeles. CERT Training is designed to prepare
you to help yourself, your family and your community in the event
of a catastrophic disaster. Following a disaster, individuals
might be on their own for a period of time before the area affected
can be reached and this is where CERT training can be helpful.
In Harris County, CERT Training is provided to neighborhoods that
are interested or that might be located in a high-risk area. The
Houston Police Department assists with the training and encourages
the community to be an active participant in voluntary programs
such as this one.
For more information you can visit www.harriscountycitizencorps.com
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division a