FEMA Administrator Fugate Kicks Off National Preparedness Month
Seventh annual National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare
FEMA Public Affairs Office
For Immediate Release
September 1, 2010
WASHINGTON — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today kicked off the seventh annual National Preparedness Month, joining local Washington, D.C. officials and students from Ferebree-Hope Elementary School at Serve DC's Commander Ready event. Fugate spoke with the students about the importance of family and community preparedness..
"Engaging with children on the topic of emergency preparedness is an effective way to bring home the preparedness message," said Fugate. "Local events like this one are happening all over the country throughout September to underscore the importance of getting people of all ages involved in preparing for emergencies."
National Preparedness Month is led by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, and is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. National Preparedness Month is supported by a coalition of public, private and non-profit organizations that help spread the preparedness message. This year's record number of coalition members are sharing preparedness information with their members, customers, employee, and communities. Members also spearhead activities that encourage specific steps for individual, neighborhood, and community preparedness.
In addition to the kickoff event, the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps will sponsor activities across the country throughout September. Ready is introducing several new PSA campaigns and Citizen Corps is presenting its National Achievement Awards during September.
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