Pledge to Prepare.
As part of the EDEN community, you know first hand how important it is to take the necessary steps towards emergency preparedness. We want you to join us this year and be part FEMA's National Preparedness Month campaign. With the 2012 National Preparedness Month right around the corner in September, we need your help to make sure this emergency preparedness message gets out to all communities.
This September will mark the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign led by FEMA to encourage all Americans to take the necessary steps towards emergency preparedness.
Once again, the Cooperative Extension Service, through EDEN, is a partner in this campaign and we encourage everyone to sign up with us to be a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member at community.fema.gov.
EDEN's role is to connect state and local Extension offices to expert materials in disaster mitigation, prevention, preparedness, recovery, and response.
Your participation is important… and no event or initiative is too big or too small to make a difference.
A few initial ideas for how you can get involved include:
- Sign up to be a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member at community.fema.gov where you’ll have access to ready to use information and messaging, a calendar where you can promote your preparedness event, and the ability to connect with thousands of other members across the country to see what they are doing for preparedness and discuss ideas.
- Include preparedness information on your website and in existing communications. Once you are signed up to be a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member, you will have access to ready to use messaging.
- Include preparedness in an existing event that is already planned and scheduled in your community… such as participating in a local farmers market to distribute preparedness information.
- Create your own preparedness event this September. From organizing practice drills to helping people in your community make an emergency plan to hosting a preparedness event, this National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity to host a preparedness event.
- Have something else in mind? Pledge to launch a preparedness initiative this September.
EDEN's content and organization for the 2012 campaign is very similar to last year's. However, various updates and improvements have been made based on user feedback and newly available resources. As you browse through the available resources and examples provided, please offer any feedback and suggestions to the EDEN Communication Specialist, Abby Hostetler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks for doing your part to bring emergency preparedness to your community!