September is National Preparedness Month and 2010 marks the seventh anniversary of this campaign. This year the Ready Campaign and the Ad Council, the companies that produce PSAs (public service announcements), are focusing on FEMA’s second step to being prepared, “Make a Plan.” The thought is that if families and businesses make an emergency preparedness plan, they will then take the steps to prepare an emergency disaster kit.
Events during September’s National Preparedness Month include a webinar on its Private Sector Preparedness Certification Program. The webinar will encourage businesses to make a preparedness plan that promotes business continuity so they can help the private sector get back in business quickly after a disaster. FEMA is also encouraging public and private sector organizations to become a NPM Coalition member and individuals to join the Citizen Corps.
While it is important to be prepared for a disaster, it is also important to remember to be prepared to recover. When making an emergency disaster plan for your home or business, include the steps you need to take to get back on your feet.