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September Is National Preparedness Month

September 10, 2005

Homeland Security and the American Red Cross are working with more than 190 national organizations, including ICMA, and all 56 states and territories to highlight the importance of public emergency preparedness during September. Events and activities across the nation will provide Americans with a variety of opportunities to learn more about emergency preparedness in their homes, businesses, and schools.

During September, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross will urge all Americans to take steps to become better prepared for emergencies including:

  • Get a kit. Stockpile emergency supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for at least three days in the event an emergency happens. Go to and for a complete list of recommended supplies.

  • Make a Plan. Plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency. Go to and for more information and templates to help get you started.

  • Be Informed. Learn more about different threats that could affect your community and appropriate responses to them. Go to and for more information about natural disasters and potential terrorist threats.

  • Get Involved. After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step: get training in first aid and emergency response and get involved in preparing your community.

  • Visit or to find out about training and volunteer opportunities through your local Citizen Corps Council or American Red Cross Chapter.


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