2015 National Preparedness Month

September is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Preparedness Month, an initiative based arouNPM15_logo_v6Final-national (1)nd educating the public about proper disaster preparation. NPM focuses on having a plan in place for emergencies. Being properly prepared helps reduce your risk in the event of an emergency. Each week in the month of September has a theme, leading up to National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30.


Week 1 is based on flooding. While flooding does not spend as much time in the spotlight as hurricanes and tornadoes, it is usually more dangerous than the other two because it is not treated with the same severity. Flooding is a disaster that comes in multiple forms and affects most of the United States.


Week 2 focuses on wildfires. Wildfires are also very destructive and sudden events that affect many western states. In 2015 alone, wildfires have consumed over 8 million acres of woodland. The increasing occurrence of wildfires, bolstered by drought in California, has led to a multinational effort involving firefighters from other countries. Wildfires can spread quickly in residential areas, cutting off escape routes and putting people in danger.


Week 3 looks at preparing for hurricanes. The 2015 hurricane season has already seen several tropical storms in the Atlantic and Caribbean with more likely on the way.


Week 4 covers the dangers of power outages. While not as immediately destructive as the other topics, power outages can be the end result of the other three. Power outages can be deadly during the hotter months of the year, especially in the Southeast where basements, a common refuge for escaping the heat of summer, are not the norm.


Local organizations around the country are also holding events over the month focused on preparedness education. Tuscaloosa’s own Be Ready Day will be held on September 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the sheriff’s hangar at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. The event is free to the public and several local organizations will be present to talk about the importance of planning for an emergency. Food will also be provided.


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