National Preparedness Month 2012
Several government agencies (FEMA, Citizen Corps, CDC, and others) as well as the American Public Health Association (APHA) have once again joined to promote the month of September as National Preparedness month. As Americans remember the events of 9/11, they also encourage all Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Throughout the month, more than 3,000 organizations nationwide are supporting efforts to help Americans prepare in case of emergency, with many events culminating on “Get Ready Day, ” September 18th (see http://www.getreadyforflu.org/ ).
For more information and resources for planning an event: http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=5040 .
Additional resources for Disaster Information and Emergency Preparedness from:
- CDC Features page at http://www.cdc.gov/features/BeReady/index.html
- Ready.gov: http://www.ready.gov
- MedlinePlus Health Topics page on “Disaster Preparation and Recovery” with some information in several other languages: http://ow.ly/dELXx
- National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Resource Management Center: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov
- Medical Reserve Corps (community-based locally organized groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety and resiliency of their communities): http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov