National Preparedness Month is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities. National Preparedness Month is sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps, FEMA’s grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve all citizens in emergency preparedness planning.
The goal for this September’s National Preparedness Month is to turn awareness into action by motivating all Americans to make and practice an emergency plan. FEMA relies on federal, state, and local partnerships and its Coalition Members to help bring this call to action to all communities throughout the U.S. As the first wave of response to every emergency and disaster of all kinds, the United States Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community will play a key role in National Preparedness Month.
Fire departments are invited to sign up to be a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member. Coalition Membership is easy, free, and important and is open to all individuals, businesses, and organizations. Register your department at community.fema.gov. As a member, you’ll have access to tons of information and ready-to-use templates and messaging, including the ability to connect with the thousands of other members across the country. Help encourage everyone to sign up at community.fema.gov.