VICENZA -- This month marks the 13th year of National Preparedness Month. This month-long campaign, which is held every September, promotes emergency awareness, preparedness and strengthens our ability to prepare for, mitigate, prevent, respond to and recover from any natural or man-made disaster. We can never fully predict when a disaster will strike, but we can individually and collectively ensure that we are prepared to respond accordingly.

This year's theme for National Preparedness Month is to Promote Army Preparedness Tenets. Visit the Ready Army Website
http://www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy and review the army's four preparedness tenets: Be Informed, Make a plan, Build a kit, and Get involved.

Being prepared means having a plan. Whether you are at home, at work or on-the-go, it's important to create a plan in case of an emergency. Planning ahead will ensure that you and your family will know what to do and have the supplies you need to be safe wherever you are.

For your home, think ahead with your Family Emergency Plan. A simple plan can be found at http://www.italy.army.mil/em.asp. At work or school? Ensure you and your family members know the best way to contact one another if you are separated during a disaster.

The Veneto region, and especially Vicenza, is no stranger to severe weather. Floods, earthquakes, damaging hail and high wind storms can happen with little to no warning. When an emergency strikes, knowing what to do before, during and after may make all the difference when seconds count.

Are you looking to create a basic disaster kit? Look no further than your Post Exchange and Commissary. Items for a basic emergency supply kit can easily be found at these two locations.
Individually we can make a difference by getting involved in our community. Join the "America's Preparation!" campaign. All families and individuals are encouraged to join and can do so by visiting the Ready Army website at (www. ready.army.mil) and pledging to prepare.

Your Emergency Management office will have displays at both the Vicenza and Darby and Del Din's PXs and commissaries to provide Community Members easy tips on how they can prepare for disasters. See event list for times, dates and locations.

Are you Ready to make a difference for yourself, your family and your community? Make the Pledge and be Army Ready!