September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working hard to encourage youth organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities throughout the Nation to elevate the importance of preparedness and to encourage individuals, families and organizations to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Join us in an effort to build a more resilient nation by:
Once you have “Pledged to Prepare” and become a National Preparedness Coalition member, you’ll have access to a number of tools and resources including:
There is no better time to Pledge to Prepare and help spread the message of preparedness!
The 2012 “Great ShakeOut” will be conducted on October 18. Participating states, districts and territories include Alaska, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington. We strongly encourage you, your school or organization to register at www.ShakeOut.org, and join more than 14 million participants, including thousands of schools who will take part in these drills. You can register even if your school, college, university or organization is not in a participating state, and be counted in this nationwide event.
Stay informed through the U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools - Technical Assistance Center website for information about emergency management and developing, implementing, and evaluating crisis plans.
Whether you join the National Preparedness Coalition, utilize youth preparedness resources, or participate in the ShakeOut, know that you are taking the vital steps to be better prepared during disasters! Help spread the word today!
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