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August 24, 2011

September is National Preparedness Month

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security, established National Preparedness Month in 2004 to encourage citizens to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. September was chosen to remind us of, and commemorate those who lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks. In addition to potential attacks, the preparedness campaign also addresses natural disasters, and falls in the middle of hurricane season that runs from June to November. Hence, A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare. This September will mark the 10 year anniversary of the attacks, and the Ready Campaign, with the Ad Council and Citizen Corps in partnership with FEMA, aims to heighten awareness, increase the level of citizen preparedness, strengthen resiliency when emergencies occur, and mitigate the various hazards.

Citizens are encouraged to have an emergency supply kit and an emergency plan in place, establish a response team at a business, acquire training in First Aid and CPR, document property and equipment, check insurance coverage, install a back-up system on computers, among other things. Interested parties can join the National Preparedness Month Coalition to sponsor events and coordinate preparedness activities. Free resources are available at www.community.fema.gov and nearly 2,000 members have joined this year.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Many of FEMA's programs and partners work throughout the year to reach this goal, and the SC Department of Natural Resources, through the Flood Mitigation Program, is no different. The program aims to reduce the risk of flood to life and property throughout the state by providing accurate Flood Insurance Rate Maps, technical assistance to local governments, grant funds to supplement flood prevention activities, educating citizens on the levels of risk, and working with other emergency preparedness entities to coordinate response efforts.


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