On September 1, 2014, the President issued a proclamation encouraging the people of the United States to observe September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). AMC Leaders, Soldiers, Civilians, Contractors and Families have an opportunity to foster a culture of preparedness by pledging "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare".We must prepare, mitigate, prevent, and if necessary, respond, and recover from natural, man-made, and industrial hazards. With our friends and neighbors by our side, we will participate in "America's PrepareAthon!" a new national campaign of action that focuses on simple, specific activity to increase preparedness and resilience.September 30, 2014, is the National Day of Action that encourages us all to have demonstrated "Be Smart, Take Part, Prepare" by having participated in an exercise during the month.Our invigorated culture will be part of nation-wide, community-based, action-oriented campaigns designed to encourage individuals and groups to stay informed and to be active for the purpose of staying safe before, during and after an emergency.AMC, along with the rest of the Army, has made great strides in improving our emergency preparedness posture. This was evident over the past year during our timely response to severe weather events and unannounced drills, completion of enhanced training for our emergency managers, and the improvements made to our crisis response capabilities.Disaster preparation is our private role with a shared responsibility. All of AMC must work together to effectively prepare, respond and recover from nature's destructive forces and other disasters. Despite our success, accomplishments and achievements, effort is still required to sustain progress and improve readiness. Your attentiveness and participation in NPM will support our culture of preparedness.More information and ideas "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare" can be found at www.ready.gov/september, and the Ready-Army website at www.acsim.army.mil/ready/army.Thank you for all your hard work ensuring the safety of our people, the security of our facilities, and the continuity of the AMC mission.AMC SAFE IS ARMY STRONG!DENNIS L. VIA General, USA Commanding