Army to observe National Preparedness
Month throughout September
|National Preparedness Month (NPM) is a commemorative
event recognized each year to emphasize the importance of preparedness.
Soldiers, families, and civilians are encouraged to turn awareness into
action by Being Informed, Making a Plan, Building a Kit, and Getting
This year marks the ninth annual NPM campaign and the Army’s focus
remains steadfast: to educate, empower, and involve the Army community
in preparedness activities that enhance the resiliency of the Army and
increase the nation’s readiness for all-hazards events.
What has the Army done?
In 2009, the Army established the Army Emergency Management Program
outlined in Army Regulation 525-27 implementing all-hazards preparedness
planning. To bring awareness to this program and increase Army
preparedness, Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) executed the
Ready Army campaign.
Ready Army is a proactive community awareness campaign to empower
Soldiers, families and civilians to prepare in advance for all-hazards,
natural or man-made. Earlier this year, HQDA renewed the Armys teaming
commitment with the Federal Emergency Management Agencys Ready Campaign
(Ready.gov) to develop a unique Army
component that applies to Soldiers and their Families.
What are the Army’s future plans?
The Ready Army campaign continues to incorporate the best outreach tools
and educational material to encourage Soldiers, Families, and civilians
to turn awareness into action that enhances individual and Family
preparedness. The Army will stride forward and align stakeholders such
as Family Readiness Groups with the all-hazards planning process. The
Army plans to modernize installation emergency management systems
beginning in 2013 to enhance protection capabilities. These initiatives
increase Army resiliency for the future.
Why is this important to the Army?
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association,
2011 was the United States’ costliest and deadliest hurricane season in
It also was the fourth-deadliest and second-worst-active season for
Events such as these continue to stress the importance of proactive
planning to allow installations to prepare for all-hazards and restore
full operational capability in minimal time and cost.
(From Army News Service.)