National Preparedness Month: Stay Prepared All Year Long

As National Preparedness Month (NPM) comes to a close, we are reminded that being prepared is something we should focus on all year long. September provided an opportunity to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities, but the efforts shouldn’t end when the month does.

Throughout the month, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Fire Corps provided resources and tools that you can use to make sure your department and community are ready for all types of disasters. These included the webinar FC-301: Fire Corps in Disaster Response, the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home Module, and the Home Safety Checklist and First Alert Smoke Alarm Donation Program. These resources and more are all available on the Fire Corps web site at Additional resources, including the Terrorism Awareness Guide and the Hurricane Preparedness Resource Center, can be found on the NVFC site at

This month also marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In recognition of this devastating event, the theme of National Preparedness Month this year was “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.” The nation united to honor and remember the victims and heroes of that day by participating in a National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, and by conducting preparedness activities all month long. NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg released a statement that reflected on the tragedy and how the volunteer fire service and programs like Fire Corps are helping to make sure our nation is better prepared.

Continue to keep the spirit of unity and preparedness alive all year long. Our nation relies on fire and EMS departments to respond to emergencies of all kinds, and we need to be prepared for whatever may come. At the same time, we need to make sure our community members are also prepared so that they know what to do in the event an emergency arises.

National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps and supported by organizations including the NVFC and Fire Corps. Learn more about National Preparedness Month and find additional preparedness tools and resources from the National Preparedness Month Coalition and the Ready Campaign.