September is National Preparedness Month – Join the NPM Coalition Today

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and your department, Fire Corps team, business, or other organization can help encourage more Americans to be prepared by joining the NPM Coalition.

Fire Corps teams can organize a variety of NPM events for their communities. Host a preparedness open house and schedule visits to local schools and senior centers to discuss emergency plans and fire safety. Consider hosting a preparedness workshop, day, or fair. Ladder trucks and ambulances serve as a perfect backdrop for an educational booth where you distribute home fire safety checklists or surveys, schedule smoke alarm installations, and/or answer questions about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and offer fire safety tips.

Membership in the NPM Coalition is free and open to all public and private sector organizations. National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps. Organizations that join the NPM Coalition work to promote emergency preparedness in any way that they can during the month of September. Registered members have access to resources and tips to help promote emergency preparedness.

Register for the 2012 NPM Coalition and learn more about National Preparedness Month at

Visit Fire Corps’ online National Preparedness Month Resource Center for tools, resources, and materials that Fire Corps teams can utilize to help ready themselves and their community for emergency situations.