Fort McCoy News Aug. 25, 2017

Installation observes National Preparedness Month

Every September, in preparation for America's PrepareAthon, the Army observes National Preparedness Month (NPM).

The month emphasizes 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.

National Preparedness Month

This September, NPM will focus on planning, with the overarching theme "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."

Everyone can take action to prepare. Everyone is able to help first responders in the community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes where people live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, Families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, and schools.

In addition, the 2017 weekly themes for NPM are as follows:

• Sept. 1-9: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends.

• Sept. 10-16: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community.

• Sept. 17-23: Practice and Build Out Your Plans.

• Sept. 24-30: Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger.

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 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 the 2017 observance of NPM, the Fort McCoy Emergency Management Office will place informational displays in the lobby of McCoy's Community Club, building 1571, and the South Post Housing Office, building 6158, with information on planning for hazards in the Fort McCoy area.

For more information about preparing for disasters or to requesting materials for an office, call 608-388-2763.

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