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Disaster relief coordinator Pastor Craig Miller shares disaster relief information in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Get Prepared: National Preparedness Month

Sep 04, 2014

getpreparedThe month of September has been designated National Preparedness Month. During these 30 days individuals, communities and organizations are encouraged to think about how they will respond in the event disaster strikes.


As we think about preparedness we probably first consider those large disasters such as superstorm Sandy or 9/11, but disasters come in all sizes. A house fire is a disaster to the family that loses its possessions and place of shelter; a building collapse in Harlem is a disaster to those who live there and to neighbors; rain-swollen creeks and sewers overwhelmed by a sudden downpour can devastate entire neighborhoods and towns. The effects of these events are mitigated by good planning on the part of those who are affected.


The NYC Office of Emergency Management website has an entire section dedicated to preparedness. The site advertises events around the city throughout the month with kickoff events in the five boroughs taking place on September 5. FEMA has been tweeting on preparedness with the hashtag #NatlPrep.


National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies. The ready.gov website has resources ‘free’ to use in congregations and communities as well as materials for America’s PrepareAthon!, an annual event scheduled for September 30.


In future posts this month I will share more ideas and resources about disaster preparedness along with information about our developing synod disaster plan.


National Preparedness Month

Week 1 (September 1-7): Be Informed. Plan How to Reconnect and Reunite with Family Following a Disaster. Emphasis is placed on family emergency communication planning for how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together if separated; and what you will do in different situations. The plan can be completed and/or exercised on National PrepareAthon! Day.



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