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This September marks the 10-year-anniversary of National Preparedness Month (NPM)! Since its inception in 2004, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has partnered with other government organizations (such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in an effort to encourage communities and individuals to be prepared for the worst in emergency situations.

As one part of FEMA’s NPM initiative, the National Preparedness Community website offers a multitude of resources for users and community members. Included on the website is a tool-kit with marketing information and a comprehensive list of NPM videos, PDFs, and webpages. In addition, users can use the National Preparedness Community website to find NPM events happening in their area or register for free with the community and access additional resources, such as discussion forums and region-specific activity.

In addition to the National Preparedness Community website, the American Public Health Association (APHA) will be celebrating Get Ready Day on September 17th as part of NPM. The Get Ready website contains many fun and education resources for a variety of users and communities. These resources include factsheets, videos, podcasts, and other disaster preparedness-themed media for marketing use.

 

Additional information on National Preparedness Month can be found on these websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Be Ready! : http://www.cdc.gov/features/BeReady/index.html

National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management and Resource Center homepage : http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc.html

APHA Get Ready : http://www.getreadyforflu.org/newsite.htm

Ready.gov (from FEMA) : http://www.ready.gov//www.getreadyforflu.org/newsite.htm

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