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September 11, 2009
Readiness/Safety Center encourages
participation in National Preparedness Month
|FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center)
— Many members of the Army Family often have remarked that the only
thing certain in their lives is uncertainty.
Living such a life requires Soldiers, civilians and their family members
to be ready for anything at a moment’s notice. This month, the U.S. Army
Combat Readiness/Safety Center joins forces with the Ready Army team to
observe National Preparedness Month and to encourage every member of the
Army Family to commit themselves to a constant state of readiness.
“Things like permanent changes of station, deployments and natural
disasters force every Soldier, civilian and family member to be ready
for anything at anytime,” said Col. Scott Thompson, U.S. Army Combat
Readiness/ Safety Center deputy commander. “I encourage every member of
our Army Family to take time during this national observance to ask
yourself if you are truly ready for anything.”
National Preparedness Month is a six year old observance that is held
each September and focuses on encouraging citizens to make preparedness
a top priority in their lives.
This year, National Preparedness Month organizers are asking Americans
to look beyond a working fire alarm or extra food in the pantry to
better understand what it truly means to be ready for anything.
“An Army Family that is properly prepared for anything enhances the
readiness of our force,” Thompson said. “The right plan, the right kit
and the right information all combine to increase the resilience of our
Band of Brothers and Sisters in the face of whatever challenges we might
Driven by the mantra “get a kit, make a plan, be informed, get
involved,” National Preparedness Month organizers have assembled a
wealth of tools and tips to help people assemble emergency kits and be
informed of threats unique to their areas.
These tools and tips, which feature lists of what to include in
emergency kits and how to assemble a family emergency plan, can be found
at http://www.ready.gov or
“Take time to prepare now,” Thompson said. “There are so many
uncertainties in our lives today, don’t let your safety or your
preparedness be counted among them.”
For more information about preparing for and mitigating the risk of a
variety of on and off duty activities, visit
For more information about Army Preparedness Month in the Fort McCoy
community, call the installation Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.