It’s National Preparedness Month… Are You Ready?

Posted at 11:30 a.m.

According to a 2014 national survey conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 50 percent of Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan for family members about where to go and what to do in the event of a local disaster.

The 11th annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) began yesterday (Sept. 1). National Preparedness Month is a time to concentrate attention on the importance of being prepared for any type of emergency. And this year’s NPM also is the first to include the America’s PrepareAthon Fall Day of Action, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Has your family made a plan? If not, use the free resources at ReadyNoVa to make your own family emergency plan or a business emergency plan.

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As we get underway with National Preparedness Month, we also encourage you to review a list of 30 simple steps you can take to become better prepared with our 30 ways in 30 days. These are simple things you can do — at your own pace — to ensure that you and your family are better prepared by following an easy-to-accomplish checklist.

In addition, our emergency management office will be sharing a video each week this month focusing in more detail on a specific preparedness action you can take. We’ll also feature other articles and resources this month, and what they specifically means for you, your family, your community and your business. Make sure you’ve signed up (at right) to get these by email so you don’t miss anything.

And if you haven’t done so yet, sign up for Fairfax Alerts to receive emergency information via your cellphone or email and stay connected to Fairfax County during emergency events.

Stay tuned for more on emergency preparedness and National Preparedness Month … and make the commitment today to become better prepared for any type of emergency.

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