September is National Preparedness Month


This September, WVEMD will use National Preparedness Month as an opportunity to focus on helping older adults prepare for disasters.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Sep​tember is National Preparedness Month (NPM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) annual preparedness outreach event sponsored by FEMA's Ready Campaign. The West Virginia Emergency Management Division has committed to participate in NPM to increase preparedness in the community.

This year's NPM will focus on preparing older adults for disasters. Some older adults may have specific needs and face greater risks during a disaster, especially those who live alone, are on a fixed income, or who have health or mobility issues. NPM is a perfect time to create or review your own emergency plans, or those for parents, grandparents, and elderly friends and neighbors.

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“National Preparedness month allows WVEMD to share one of the things we do every day—preparing for disasters," said WVEMD Director GE McCabe. “Seeking advice from older people about preparedness can help start the conversation about creating an emergency plan to meet their individual needs in an emergency."

This is the fifth year WVEMD has participated in NPM.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit


Contact Information

Lora D Lipscomb, Public Information Officer