September 2013 is the tenth annual National Preparedness Month, an event designed to encourage businesses, communities, and families to prepare for an emergency. As the official sponsor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a campaign to involve community leaders, private and non-profit sectors, communities, and all levels of government in building and maintaining national preparedness.
As part of this effort, FEMA is urging businesses and families to identify disasters that could happen in their area, and look into local sources on how to prepare for such emergencies. Once this information is gathered, FEMA suggests creating an emergency action plan and gathering materials for an emergency kit that includes plenty of water, food, first aid kits, and other essential supplies.
“Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community” states FEMA. “This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.”
Preparing for disasters can help businesses rebound more quickly after emergencies. National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity to educate employees and develop plans to protect people, property, and facilities during an emergency.