Monthly Themes

Monthly themes help promote awareness of preparedness efforts at the state and local level. The following national holidays, days of recognition, and weekly and monthly themes may be used by, Citizen Corps Councils and partners to encourage and promote civic engagement, public safety, preparedness, resilience and volunteerism. The outreach themes are intended to be used as an opportunity to jumpstart work with additional Citizen Corps partners and affiliates on promoting awareness, planning events and media outreach to strengthen community preparedness at the state and local level.

Local Citizen Corps Councils and partners may contact local representatives from the organizations below to learn how the community can benefit from involvement, reach out to citizens about participation, and involve the local media in distributing information on these events. These events will help raise awareness for local Citizen Corps activities and ultimately increase community preparedness, training and volunteer participation.

And please remember to post your activities on the Citizen Corps Calendar of Events.


  • National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
  • National Mentoring Month
  • Winter Storm Preparation
  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • January 12: Haiti earthquake one-year anniversary.
  • January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • January 19-21: U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Washington, DC
  • January 23-27: American Meteorological Society 91st Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA
  • January 25: State of the Union address
  • Earthquake Awareness Month: CUSEC
  • Black History Month
  • 'Go Direct' Month
  • February 6-12: National Burn Awareness Week
  • February 14-18: National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week
  • February 21-25: International Association of Fire Fighters 51st Convention (TBD)
  • February 27: Chile earthquake one-year anniversary
  • February 28-March 2: Firehouse World Exposition and Conference (San Diego, CA)
  • Critical Days of Summer
  • Summer Thunderstorms
  • July 4: Independence Day, usually preceded by fireworks safety news release
  • July 15-19: National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference 2011, Portland, OR
  • July 15-17: National Governor’s Association 2011 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
  • July 19-23: Firehouse Expo (Baltimore, MD)
  • July 24: National Parents' Day
  • July 26: Anniversary of the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Heat Wave
  • Water Conservation
  • August 2: Annual National Night Out
  • August 12-16: NEMA 2011 Annual Conference, Des Moines, IA
  • Early August: Updated Hurricane Outlook - NOAA
  • August 29: Hurricane Katrina 6th anniversary
  • Back to School Activities
  • Wildfire Mitigation
  • National Preparedness Month
  • September 5: Labor Day
  • September 11-17: National Assisted Living Week
  • September 11: Ten Years after the September 11 attacks; National Day of Service and Remembrance
  • September 15-October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • September 16: Citizenship Day
  • September 18-24: Deaf Awareness Week
  • Crime Prevention Month
  • October 1-3: Celebrate Safe Communities
  • October 2-8: Fire Prevention Week – NFPA
  • October 2-8: FEMA Fire Prevention Fair
  • October 8-9: National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Weekend
  • October 16-22: America's Safe Schools Week
  • October 17-21: National School Bus Safety Week
  • October 23-31: National Red Ribbon Week
  • October 27: Make a Difference Day
  • October 30-November 4: National Congress of the American Indian Annual Conference 2011, Portland, OR
  • National American Indian Heritage Month
  • Season of Suppers Campaign
  • November 6: Daylight Saving Time ends (set clocks back an hour and check smoke detectors)
  • November 11: Veterans' Day
  • Mid-November/December: Holiday/Cooking fire safety
  • November 24: Thanksgiving Day
  • November 30: Atlantic Hurricane Season ends

Last updated: 10/21/2011 - 05:57 PM