ARRL East Bay Section

National Preparedness Month

Posted by af6aq on August 11th, 2009

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and it is right around the corner. NPM is sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Advertising Council and is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.

If you haven’t done so already, please register your organization to be a 2009 NPM Coalition Member.  To date, more than 1,600 organizations have committed to promote emergency preparedness during the month of September.  Once you register you will receive access to the NPM Web site where you can find a toolkit that includes templates, resources and tips to assist you with promoting emergency preparedness. You will also find an NPM calendar where you can post your events and see what other organizations are doing in your community.  

You can register to become a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member by visiting To learn more about NPM, visit and click on the NPM banner.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Ready Campaign at

Administrator Fugate Video Message

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today released a Web video message highlighting the need for the public to be prepared for any emergency.

“Our entire emergency management team has a role to play when it comes to preparing for and responding to the next disaster,” said Administrator Fugate.  “One of the most important parts of that team is the public.  The more prepared the public is now, by getting an emergency response kit, making an emergency action plan, and getting a skill, like CPR, the stronger our emergency response team will be.”

The Administrator’s video can be found on the following websites:

Tips on how to be prepared, including how to make an emergency plan, and what should be in an emergency response kit, can be found at


Ready Campaign . U.S. Department of Homeland Security . Washington, DC 20528 . 202-282-8000