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An Opportunity for Communities Nationwide to Prepare for Emergencies

September 2, 2014 - 1:45pm

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September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time when Americans are encouraged to become prepared for all types of emergencies, including natural disasters. Coordinated by FEMA in collaboration with Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations at all levels, the NPM campaign calls on employers, schools, churches and other kinds of organizations, as well as individuals and families, to get involved, get prepared and stay prepared. Because practicing what to do before a disaster will help you prepare to handle situations that could occur.

The theme of this year’s NPM campaign is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” with a focus on specific actions you can take now to prepare for an emergency: being informed, making a plan, building a kit, and getting involved.  Throughout September, the nationwide campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness each week and will culminate in a PrepareAthon on September 30.  The month-long campaign provides a wide range of tools and information, including details on how to prepare for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and winter storms, as well as outreach materials to drive participation and promote involvement. To learn more, visit www.ready.gov/prepare.

As part of the Department’s participation in this important campaign and our commitment to making people more aware of the critical importance of emergency preparedness, OE will run a series of blogs in the coming weeks on what emergency preparedness involves, when it comes to energy, and the vital importance of our partnerships and working together as a community. One important aspect that we will discuss is what homeowners, business owners, and local leaders can do when dealing with energy disruptions that may occur during events such as floods, hurricanes and tornadoes and the kinds of online resources that are available such as www.ready.gov and OE’s Community Guidelines pages. We will also explain how we respond to and facilitate recovery from energy disruptions and how we work with our partners throughout the year to be prepared.

Stay tuned for more to come throughout September. In the meantime, I hope you will join the national campaign and get prepared in your home, workplace and community.

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