DHSEM Announces Participation in National Preparedness Month


This September:  Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare


CHARLESTON, W.Va.— September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Now in its 11th year, NPM is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready 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:


1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during, and after an emergency,

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.

Contact Information

Terrance Lively 304.558.5380