National Preparedness Month 2010

Friday September 3, 2010

What is it?

National Preparedness Month begins September 1st. It is a month long campaign that will increase awareness of ways persons can be prepared for any eventuality be it natural or man-made. It encourages the entire Army community to ensure they are ready by having a plan in place and a "kit" of supplies in case of potential disaster. It also highly recommends that Soldiers and their families stay informed by becoming familiar with their local first responders' disaster action plans for the schools, churches, businesses, hospitals and other entities in their surrounding communities.

What has the Army done?

Just this past August the first ever Antiterrorism Awareness Month was held urging Soldiers, their families, civilians and contractors to be aware of, and prepared for, terrorist activities. On the heels of the resounding success of that campaign, the Army is actively promoting the readiness messages throughout the Army community when it comes to preparedness for disasters. The Army has instituted the Ready Army campaign whose motto is "Get a Kit; Make a Plan; Stay Informed." The campaign aims to create a culture and a mindset of preparedness throughout the Army and in everything we do.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue to place emphasis on preparedness through grassroots campaigns using all traditional forms of dissemination and through social media outlets. Local outreach events, practice drills and school activities are also planned at various installations.

Why is this important to the Army?

During the high operations tempo of today it is sometimes easy to forget about day-to-day home life activities once back from deployments. But the Army wants to keep Soldiers and their families ready, prepared and safe whether deployed or in garrison. A ready Army is a strong Army and with the peace of mind that comes with being prepared, a Soldier is fit to fight!

References:

Ready Army website

National Preparedness Month website

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Events

September 2010

_Suicide Prevention Month

National Preparedness Month

Sept 15- Oct 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month_

Sept 1: Operation News Dawn begins

Sept 11: Patriot Day

Sept 25: Gold Star Mother's Day

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"During National Preparedness Month, we stress the importance of strengthening the security and resiliency of our Nation through systematic preparation for the full range of hazards threatening the United States in the 21st century, including natural disasters, cyber attacks, pandemic disease, and acts of terrorism..."

- President Barack Obama's proclamation on National Preparedness Month, 2010

View the complete Presidential Proclamation

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"It's a comfort to me to know if I need either a brother's advice or a first sergeant's advice, I have the absolute best of both just a phone call away."

- Capt. Tanya Rosa, speaking about her brother 1st Sgt. Greg Harvey. They have a combined military service of 35 years and share a deep pride, along with their family, in their commitment to service.

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