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August 26, 2011


September: National Preparedness Month

The eighth annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) will begin Sept. 1, using the theme: “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.”

This year’s campaign seeks to transform awareness into action by encouraging all Americans to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

“As we move forward with planning for this year’s events and activities, we also recognize that this September marks the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate. “By doing what we can to ensure that our communities, and our nation, are prepared to respond and recover from all types of disasters and hazards, we honor the memory of those who were lost that day.”

While NPM is held each September, Fort McCoy’s Ready Army Campaign promotes individual emergency preparedness at home, in the workplace, and throughout the community year-round. As Ready Army is part of the National Ready Campaign, produced in partnership with The Ad Council, the campaign is designed to educate and empower all Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

The National Ready Campaign’s websites (ready.gov and listo.gov) and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide free emergency preparedness information and resources available in English and Spanish.  

Fort McCoy’s Emergency Management and FEMA’s mission is to support its community members and first responders to help ensure the nation works together to build, sustain, and improve its capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. For more information in the Fort McCoy Community, call 608-388-2763.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy’s Emergency Management Office.)

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