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September is Emergency Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign (www.ready.gov) is sponsoring the annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September with support from more than 2,700 NPM coalition members, the largest amount to date, including the City of Roanoke and the Roanoke City Health Department. NPM coalition members, consisting of national, regional, state, and local organizations, will combine efforts throughout the month of September to encourage all Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies before they happen.

Citizens are encouraged to take important preparedness steps that will greatly improve their ability to survive and recover from all types of emergencies, whether natural or man-made. These steps include getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, becoming informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, and getting involved in community preparedness and response efforts.

For more information on the Ready Campaign and NPM, please visit www.ready.gov. Individuals can also call 1-800-BE-READY for more emergency preparedness information.