September: Be Disaster Aware, Take
Action to Prepare
CHARLESTON, W.Va.— September is
(NPM). Now in its 11th year, NPM is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by
Campaign encouraging households, businesses, and communities to
prepare and plan for emergencies. The West Virginia Division of Homeland
Security and Emergency Management is participating this
year by promoting preparedness and helping others
learn how to prepare for disasters.
A main message of National
Preparedness Month: everyone should be prepared to be without key resources for
up to three days. Key resources include utilities and electricity, water
service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without
response from police, fire or rescue.
Preparing can start with these
four important steps:
emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of
information in your community that will be helpful before, during, and after an
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency,
3. Build an emergency supply kit, and
4. Get involved.
Preparedness is a shared
responsibility that takes the
whole community. This year’s National
Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging
individuals and communities nationwide to participate in National PrepareAthon
Day! Learn ways you can take action by visiting Ready.gov/prepare.
“Preparedness education is important and serves as a foundation to
completing activities that make the community and citizens better prepared,
such as making an emergency plan and building a kit,” said West Virginia
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato. “The
impact of simple preparedness activities is huge in helping citizens recover
after an emergency strikes.”
For more information about the
Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit Ready.gov/September or
call 800-BE-READY, 888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 800-462-7585.