National Preparedness Month (“NPM”) is a month-long awareness and activism campaign occurring every September in the U.S. to improve the preparedness of our nation.

The terrorist attacks of September 11th highlighted the need to increase preparedness activities across the nation and improve the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from disasters.

As a result, FEMA, the Ready Campaign, and Citizen Corps founded NPM in 2004 as a way to work with organizations across the country to increase preparedness.

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, this year’s NPM 2011 slogan is “A Time to Remember.  A Time to Prepare”.   This year NPM 2011 is a call to action urging our nation’s communities to remember the disasters of our past while preparing for the disasters of the future.

And, although that original September 11th disaster is a prominent part of National Preparedness Month 2011, it is very important to also stress that preparedness is needed for ALL hazards, both natural and man-made.

Over the next few weeks, this website will be posting related articles and information related to NPM 2011, how coalition members of NPM 2011 can support NPM goals, and finally progress reports on implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations, along with PS-Prep program related stories.

For more detailed information about NPM 2011 as well as where and how to become a coalition member of NPM 2011Click Here

For a more complete listing of what has been done since that September 11th disaster, in support of NPM 2011, and, seven years after the release of the 9/11 Commission report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently released a report highlighting the progress that DHS, along with its many partners, have made in fulfilling specific recommendations made by the Commission to build a country that is stronger, safer and more resilient.

To view the DHS’ full report entitled “Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations — Progress Report 2011” as well as related materials Click Here

If applicable, please pass this information along to those PS-Prep strategy, business continuity and disaster preparedness planning team members in your organization and community.

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