Fort McCoy News August 28, 2015

Fort McCoy to observe National Preparedness Month

Every September, in preparation for America's PrepareAthon, the Army observes National Preparedness Month (NPM), emphasizing the importance of fostering a culture of preparedness to strengthen the ability to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover from all emergencies.

A hazardous event — either natural or man-made — can occur at any time, and people must be prepared to react accordingly. Planning and preparation are critical factors that enable the Army to continue vital missions before, during, and after emergencies.

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This year's theme is "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." Weekly themes focus on possible hazards: floods from Sept. 1-5, wildfires from Sept. 6-12, hurricanes/tornados from Sept. 13-19, power outages from Sept. 20-26, and National PrepareAthon Day from Sept. 27-30.

The Army's primary means of promoting NPM is through Ready Army, a proactive community-awareness campaign promoting preparedness throughout the Army. The Ready Army website, www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy, provides recommended supply lists for 48- to 72-hour individual and Family survival kits. Ready Army also offers various sources of information and resources for successful emergency planning.

Responsibility for the safety and resiliency of the Army lies with each member of the Army Family. Engagement among Army leaders, Soldiers, Families, and civilians is pivotal to highlighting the role each individual plays in preparedness. Preparedness planning serves as a force multiplier, allowing leaders to dedicate time and energy to the most significant needs of the Army community.

During this year's observance of NPM, the Fort McCoy Emergency Management (EM) Office will place an informational kiosk in the lobby of McCoy's Community Club, building 1571, and set up a table at the South Post Housing Office, building 6158, with information on planning for the hazards in the Fort McCoy area.

Members of the EM office will be on hand in the housing office Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and at the kiosk in McCoy's Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions and provide planning assistance.

For more information, call 608-388-2763.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Emergency Management Office.)