National Preparedness Month 2011

Friday September 2, 2011

What is it?

September marks the eighth annual National Preparedness Month. This month encourages Soldiers, families, and civilians to prepare for emergencies at home, at work and in their communities. Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks, we remember the past as we prepare for the future.

What has the Army done?

In January of this year, the Secretary of the Army established the Army Protection Program (APP). The APP functions as the over-arching leadership framework to synchronize, prioritize, and coordinate protection policies and resources. Strategically, the APP expands program oversight, ensures senior leader accountability, and improves risk-based decision making.

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

The Army will field three systems that will improve the ability of Army commands to prepare for and respond to an emergency. Within the Emergency Management Modernization Program (EM2P), these systems include a common operating picture which allows commands to effectively exchange emergency information; mass warning and notification so commanders can quickly warn the population of emergencies; and enhanced 911 which utilizes the telephone number and address of the caller to decrease overall emergency response times.

Why is this important to the Army?

Protecting the lives of Soldiers, families, and civilians is of primary importance to the Army. Emergency preparedness is an essential component of protection. National Preparedness Month promotes improving emergency preparedness skills in anticipation of a disaster no matter where it may strike.

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Senior Leaders are Saying

"Whenever our nation has been challenged, the American people have responded with faith, courage, and strength. This year, natural disasters have tested our response ability across all levels of government … Our nation has weathered many hardships, but we have always pulled together as one nation to help our neighbors prepare for, respond to, and recover from these extraordinary challenges ..."

- President Barack Obama's proclamation on National Preparedness Month, 2011

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What They're Saying

"I told them that we are the New York Army National Guard, we're here to help people and defend those who can't defend themselves."

- Sgt. T'angelo J. Magee, a New York Army National Guard company motor transport operator with 719th Transportation Company, recalls encouraging people trapped by Hurricane Irene flood waters Aug. 29.

New York Army National Guard motor Soldiers aid post-Irene rescues

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