September marks the eleventh annual National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated this year’s theme to be “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” The CDC will also promote the importance of preparedness planning for vulnerable populations throughout the month. Local health departments have an especially critical role in promoting community emergency preparedness as all disasters are local. Visit FEMA’s www.ready.gov for toolkits to promote community preparedness throughout the month of September and www.cdc.gov for resources to encourage preparedness planning among vulnerable populations.
Stay tuned to the Preparedness Brief blog for updates from NACCHO during National Preparedness Month, including weekly updates featuring valuable preparedness tools and resources for local health departments to use to reach vulnerable populations and more. Additionally, NACCHO will explore how local health departments play a role in global health security in light of recent international health risks and to focus on the 2015 Preparedness Summit theme, “Global Health Security: Preparing a Nation for Emerging Threats.”