CONSUMER AFFAIRS: September is National Preparedness Month

2013-09-27T10:05:00Z 2013-09-27T16:45:10Z CONSUMER AFFAIRS: September is National Preparedness MonthJoseph Pellicciotti Times Business Columnist
September 27, 2013 10:05 am  • 

September is National Preparedness Month. Do not let the month slip away without at least visiting the website at

Launched in 2003 and maintained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is part of “a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.”

A Spanish Language version of is available at offers information on a wide-range of hazards facing Americans and provides tips on “what to do before, during and after an emergency.”

The site discusses the importance of advance planning for emergencies, including how to get to a safe place, plan for communication with others if separated and what to do in different situations.

Details for building and maintaining a disaster supply kit are provided at the site.

Since in an emergency basic supplies, including utilities, may be unavailable for extended periods of time, FEMA urges Americans to build a supply kit that will provide your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

At, FEMA provides information for businesses on how to develop an all-hazards emergency preparedness program.

FEMA seeks to connect with young people, too, and get them involved in preparedness through youth-oriented materials available at

Opinions are solely the writer's. Pellicciotti is an Indiana University Northwest faculty member and administrator. The article is for informational purposes only and not intended as specific advice. Consult your professional advisor before taking action. Author does not endorse/guarantee content within websites.

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