National Preparedness Month

Tuesday September 4, 2012

What is it?

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is a commemorative event recognized each year to emphasize the importance of preparedness. Soldiers, families, and civilians are encouraged to turn awareness into action by Being Informed, Making a Plan, Building a Kit, and Getting Involved. This year marks the ninth annual NPM campaign and the Army's focus remains steadfast: to educate, empower, and involve the Army community in preparedness activities that enhance the resiliency of the Army and increase our nation's readiness for all-hazards events.

What has the Army done?

In 2009, the Army established the Army Emergency Management Program outlined in Army Regulation 525-27 implementing all-hazards preparedness planning. To bring awareness to this program and increase Army preparedness, HQDA G-3/5/7 executed the Ready Army campaign. Ready Army is a proactive community awareness campaign to empower Soldiers, families and civilians to prepare in advance for all-hazards, natural or man-made. Earlier this year, HQDA G-34 renewed the Army's teaming commitment with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready Campaign ( to develop a unique Army component that applies to Soldiers and their families.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue for the future?

The Ready Army campaign continues to incorporate the best outreach tools and educational material to encourage Soldiers, families, and cvilians to turn awareness into action that enhances individual and family preparedness. The Army will stride forward and align stakeholders such as Family Readiness Groups with the all hazards planning process. The Army plans to modernize installation emergency management systems beginning in 2013 to enhance protection capabilities. These initiatives increase Army resiliency for the future.

Why is this important to the Army?

According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), 2011 was the United States costliest and deadliest hurricane season in recent years. It was also the fourth deadliest and second worst active season for tornadoes. Events such as these continue to stress the importance of proactive planning to allow installations to prepare for all-hazards and restore full operational capability in minimal time and cost.


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- 1st Lt. Peterson Pierre, the 18th Financial Management Center Banking team deputy banking officer, emphasizes the benefits to the Afghan National Police which is a direct result of the recent newly opened Kabul Bank branch at the Joint Regional Afghan National Police Center, in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

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