National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

Flagstaff, AZ —In an emergency, every second counts. That’s why it’s important to have a plan to be prepared for the types of emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. September is National Preparedness Month to encourage developing an emergency plan.

The theme for National Preparedness Month is, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” with an emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and access needs.  Additionally, in Tribal Communities, socio-economic factors can contribute to the lack of disaster and emergency preparedness.

“Tribal Communities must prioritize and take ownership of disaster preparedness for survival. In support, NPM developed the Emergency Communications Guidebook for Native Broadcasters who often are seen as first responders in their communities. The Guidebook is a tool to strengthen Tribal Emergency Communications in an effort to encourage preparedness and decrease fear before and during a disaster to reduce loss and improve recovery after the disaster,” announced Loris Taylor, President and CEO, Native Public Media.

The American Red Cross suggests families develop an emergency plan, it can be as simple as conducting an assessment of your home to test and install smoke alarms and provide fire, safety disaster education to the household, including an evacuation plan.

In concert with the release of the Guidebook, NPM will release the Family Disaster Handbook. The Handbook is an effort to clarify the disaster system by providing Native American families with accurate, timely and relevant information about their risks, options, and practical steps they must take to save lives and protect property before disaster strikes.

“As we recognize National Preparedness Month, it is important to know that preparing for emergencies is more than a one-time pursuit. Being ready for unexpected catastrophes must become a way of life for families and communities everywhere,” said Vincent Davis, Founder of PreparednessMatters.Org. “Those who are most vulnerable should be our priority. Saving lives and reducing suffering should be our goal. Only after we have done all we can to prepare, can we then leave the outcome to the Creator. Live Prepared!”

The NPM Guidebook will be available to Native broadcasters by October 2016.

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