Wednesday, August 25, 2010

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The goal of NPM is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks, at home, work and school. It is “designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.” Events and activities across the nation encourage individuals and businesses to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and get involved in preparing their communities. National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Ready Campaign. This week’s articles focus on some of the things you should be considering during the month.

Gain access to resources to help you observe National Preparedness Month. (Item #1) How do you measure your readiness quotient? (Item #2) It’s almost flu season; what can you do to get ready? (Item #3)

Here’s some advice on what you need to include in your survival kit. (Item #4) Take action before the disaster strikes and things may go more smoothly if it happens. (Item #5) What can you do to protect your business, employees and customers? (Item #6)

Read all about National Preparedness Month in this issue of the NewsBriefs at

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