National Preparedness Month Brings Multiple FEMA Reminders
"September is also the height of hurricane season, so preparing now is even more critical for families and businesses in the Southeast," said Region IV Acting Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and some of its regional leaders are reminding Americans to make disaster preparedness a priority. September is National Preparedness Month, after all.
"National Preparedness Month reminds us that we all need to be ready for disasters and emergencies," said FEMA Region IV Acting Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. "September is also the height of hurricane season, so preparing now is even more critical for families and businesses in the Southeast."
Fortunately, there were no tropical cyclones active in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 7, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Nonetheless, disasters are occurring nationwide more frequently and are larger and more complex, according to FEMA, which also reported that four named tropical cyclones, Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, and Dolly, already have formed this summer.
FEMA's Ready Campaign is promoting a "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare" theme for National Preparedness Month this year. It highlights specific actions individuals and groups can take to prepare for an emergency, with these themes:
- Week 1: How to… Reconnect with Family after a Disaster
- Week 2: How to… Plan for Specific Needs before a Disaster
- Week 3: How to… Build an Emergency Kit
- Week 4: How to… Practice for an Emergency
These sound simple, but a post on the agency's blog notes that a national FEMA survey earlier this year indicated half of Americans haven't discussed or developed an emergency plan for their family members.