As Coast Guard personnel, we all have a responsibility to lead by example. Are you prepared? Coast Guard men and women who have the assurance their loved ones and property are safe and secure leading up to, during and following a natural disaster are better prepared to perform their missions during such adversity.
September is an annual awareness event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It is a time when people across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies and disasters. National Preparedness Month is about the entire nation building its preparedness to have resiliency to respond to natural or manmade disasters.
This year’s theme is: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. While being told to ‘expect the unexpected’ may sound ironic, nobody expects a natural disaster to happen, which is why National Preparedness Month stresses the importance of making a plan for possible eventualities. Take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets. Planning how to stay safe and being knowledgeable on how to effectively communicate prior to, during, and following catastrophic disasters can have a positive effect on your community.
Each week of National Preparedness Month will promote a hazard focused theme. The themes for each week are:
Everyone is encouraged to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.