Several government agencies (FEMA, Citizen Corps, and others) as well as the American Public Health Association (APHA) have joined to promote the month of September 2011 as a time to remember the events of September 11, 2001 and also to encourage all Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Each of the resources below has additional information on various aspects of the promotion.
For more information on becoming a National Preparedness Month Coalition member or information on planning an event, see: http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM . Information on the Ready campaign is available in several languages.
The APHA designates September 21, 2011 as Get Ready Day and has resources on planning or participating in an event, including a video contest for K – 12 students.
America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health’s Vital Role in National Defense, a report featuring more than 30 firsthand accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies. A summary of how public health preparedness has evolved in the past 10 years is also included in the report.