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  • Presidential Proclamation -- National Preparedness Month, 2013

    National Preparedness Month Series

    NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH, 2013
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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Time and again, America faces crises that test our readiness and challenge our resolve -- from natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods to shootings, cyber incidents, and even acts of terrorism. While my Administration is working tirelessly to avert national tragedies, it is every American's responsibility to be prepared. By planning for emergencies, individuals can protect themselves and their families while also contributing to their communities' resilience. During National Preparedness Month, we refocus our efforts on readying ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, and our Nation for any crisis we may face.

     

    My Administration is committed to preparing our country for the full range of threats. In the face of an emergency, we will continue to cut through red tape and bolster coordination. At my direction, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will launch a comprehensive campaign to build and sustain national preparedness with private sector, non-profit, and community leaders and all levels of government. The campaign will be based on science, research and development, public outreach, and broad participation. It will aim to inspire Americans of all ages to increase their preparedness by moving from awareness to action.

     

    Over this past year, ordinary Americans have stepped up in moments of trial and tragedy to perform real acts of heroism. Despite the brave actions of first responders across America, neighbors and friends are often the first on the scene after an emergency, and circumstances can call anyone to become a hero. This year's National Preparedness Month theme, "You Can Be the Hero," asks all Americans to ready themselves to assist in case of emergency.

     

    Anyone can improve their preparedness by making or reviewing emergency plans with their family and by building a disaster kit with food, water, and essential supplies. Visit www.Ready.gov or www.Listo.gov to see which types of disasters are most likely for your area and learn more about what you can do to prepare.

    This month, as we reflect on challenges to our communities, regions, and our Nation, we continue to lend our support to recovery efforts, and we honor our first responders by doing our part to build a more resilient America.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2013 as National Preparedness Month. I encourage all Americans to recognize the importance of preparedness and work together to enhance our national security, resilience, and readiness.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

    BARACK OBAMA

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  • Preparedness on a Budget

    National Preparedness Month Series - It all begins TOMORROW!

    Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto
    Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto

    If you think creating your disaster preparedness kit will break the bank, consider this – many of the items for your kit may be found around your home – including hand sanitizer, garbage bags, a flashlight and batteries.Preparedness on a Budget

    After you have built the majority of your kit from items already in your home, you can begin to build a list for the remaining items. Here are some additional tips for keeping your disaster kit budget-friendly:

    • Shop at discount and dollar stores where appropriate;
    • Trade extra supplies with friends or family; and
    • Check the newspaper or online listings for discounted products.

    For more simple and budget-friendly disaster kit suggestions and easy steps you should take if disaster strikes, you can access FEMA’s free online “Preparedness on a Shoestring” activity module.

    The “Preparedness on a Shoestring” activity module is part of FEMA’s “Preparedness Activities for Communities Everywhere” tools, which shows how get prepared for all types of hazards.

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    Preppers know to be ready, but we all need our "Go Gear" - be ready when emergencies occur!
    Preppers know to be ready, but we all need our "Go Gear" - be ready when emergencies occur!
  • Back to School Safety - How can you find Safe Fundraising?

    Let's face it - Schools do not have enough funding, and there are so many unhealthy fundraisers out there that we're generally stuck paying too much for magazines we won't read, gift wrap we don't want, or Candy Bars that will make us (and the Kids) fat!

    Looking for a fast, easy and unique approach to fundraising for your school, church, non profit or other group this year?

    Our First Aid Kit Fund Raiser is the solution for a fun, healthy and safe fundraiser – this new idea for fundraising is sweeping the nations with popular response from PTAs, PTO’s, Scouts, Schools, Churches and more – See how easy it is to raise funds with this new alternative to the worn out and unwanted candy, gift wrap, magazines and candles – download the free brochures and get your First Aid Fund Raiser Starter kit TODAY.

    Fundraiser Mixed First Aid Kit Package with ToteFirst Aid Fundraising Program... simple steps to big profits... 100% Mark up or greater! 50% profit guarantee... first aid is needed everywhere, home, business, events... with this unique healthy alternative fundraising program you can meet your fundraising goals while offering a nice alternative to the typical candy, candles, magazines, and gift wrap! Buy them for $4 Sell them for $8 or more... (Most groups sell for $10 per kit)

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    School Fund raising! Click to learn more. School Fundraising! Click to learn more.

    Other Back to School Safety Resources...

    Immunizations and Other Health Requirements

    It's a good idea to take your child for a physical and eye exam before school starts. Most schools require up-to-date immunizations and may need documentation. Failing to keep immunizations current could prevent your child from attending school. Check the immunization requirements in your state.

    safety-SignBring all health-related forms that the school requires when you take your child to the doctor. If your child will be participating in a sport, his/her doctor may have to sign a release form. Be sure to keep your own copy of any records.

    Let your child's doctor know if you have any questions or concerns about the scheduled vaccines or any other health-related issues that may be affecting your child.

    Financial Assistance for Families

    There are several programs and resources available to ease the financial burden of going back to school, including low cost meals and affordable health insurance.

    Find out if your family qualifies for any Child Nutrition Programs, which includes the National School Lunch Program.

    For free or low-cost health coverage, see if you qualify for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If you don't qualify, you can find and compare health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment starts October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

    Homework Help

    Homework can provide many benefits for children. It can improve memory and comprehension, develop study skills, and teach children how to manage time. You can help by making sure your kids have a quiet, well-lit place to do homework and provide assistance, but not complete answers. Learn how to help your kids with homework and succeed in school.

    School Supplies

    Many school supplies, such as pens, binders, and notebooks, can be reused. Sort through the materials you already have, separating those that your child can use again from those that should be recycled or tossed. Get more tips on how to reduce waste during the school year.

    Some states offer a "sales tax holiday" for a few days each year. This means that certain products won't be taxed during a set period of time. If your state offers a sales tax holiday, you may be able to save money on clothes, shoes, and other supplies. Check to see if your state participates in sales tax holidays.

    Healthy Eating and Physical Fitness

    Nutrition is an important factor in academic performance. Studies have shown that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches are more alert throughout the school day and earn higher grades than those who have an unhealthy diet.

    Learn about healthy lunches, breakfasts, and snacks your child can get at school and get tips on preparing a healthy school lunch and making small changes at home to improve your family's diet.

    Exercise is an important part of a child's health. Physical activity helps build muscle, promote strong bones, and control weight. Get ideas to help promote an active lifestyle.

  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    National Preparedness Month - The Prequel

    It's almost here! Are you ready for National Preparedness Month 2013?

    • Get Prepared for Something New
    Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto

    Get Prepared for Something New

    FEMA’s newest preparedness campaign is almost here.

    This nationwide community-based initiative is designed to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. It also urges everyone in America to practice preparedness actions before a disaster or emergency strikes.

    The campaign will be unveiled September 5 at the National Academy of Sciences conference during National Preparedness Month  and will highlight the leading natural disasters threats affecting the U. S. today.

    Prior to the unveiling, join the preparedness conversation in a 30-minute TweetChat, “Debunking the Myths of Preparedness.” The chat will start at 10:15 AM on September 5. Experts will address popular preparedness myths. To follow the conversation, use #PrepareAthon or follow @PrepareAthon.

    Keep up with all the action in a live webcast of the unveiling and learn how to keep your family safe in the face of disaster.

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    Preppers know to be ready, but we all need our "Go Gear" - be ready when emergencies occur! Preppers know to be ready, but we all need our "Go Gear" - be ready when emergencies occur!
  • Free Video to Promote National Preparedness Month

    National Preparedness Series – The Prequel

    How about some Free Videos to promote National Preparedness Month?

    Free Safety Videos? YES!

    Watch this FREE 22 minute First Aid Video - "How to use a First Aid Kit... What your First Aid Course DIDN'T Teach you" Watch this FREE 22 minute First Aid Video - "How to use a First Aid Kit... What your First Aid Course DIDN'T Teach you"

    American CPR Training™ & FirstAidStore.com™ want to encourage everyone to participate in National Preparedness Month 2013 - the 10th Anniversary of National Preparedness Month.

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  • National Preparedness Food and Water Supplies

    National Preparedness Series - The Prequel

    Each day we're bringing you a Tip about Preparedness so you can participate in National Preparedness Month 2013 - This September is the 10th Anniversary of National Preparedness Month!

    Create an Emergency Food & Water Supply

    Keep at least a three-day water supply on hand for emergencies. If you’re not using factory-sealed water containers, properly wash, sanitize, and rinse water storage containers before a disaster strikes. Food - well... read on!

    Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency

    Follow these steps to make sure you and your family have enough safe food and water (for drinking, cooking, bathing, etc.) available in the event of a disaster or emergency.

    Prepare an Emergency Food Supply

    Keep foods that:

    • Have a long storage life
    • Require little or no cooking, water, or refrigeration, in case utilities are disrupted
    • Meet the needs of babies or other family members who are on special diets
    • Meet pets' needs
    • Are not very salty or spicy, as these foods increase the need for drinking water, which may be in short supply

    How To Store Emergency Food

    • A disaster can easily disrupt the food supply at any time, so plan to have at least a 3-day supply of food on hand.Photo of cans of food.
    • When storing food, it is not necessary to buy dehydrated or other types of emergency food. Canned foods and dry mixes will remain fresh for about 2 years.
    • Certain storage conditions can enhance the shelf life of canned or dried foods. The ideal location is a cool, dry, dark place. The best temperature is 40 to 60°F. Keep foods away from ranges or refrigerator exhausts. Heat causes many foods to spoil more quickly.
    • Keep food away from petroleum products, such as gasoline, oil, paints, and solvents. Some food products absorb their smell.
    • Protect food from rodents and insects. Items stored in boxes or in paper cartons will keep longer if they are heavily wrapped or stored in airtight containers.
    • Date all food items. Use and replace food before it loses freshness.

    Preparing Food

    Preparing food after a disaster or emergency may be difficult due to damage to your home and loss of electricity, gas, and water. Having the following items available will help you to prepare meals safely:

    • Cooking utensils
    • Knives, forks, and spoons
    • Paper plates, cups, and towels
    • A manual can- and bottle-opener
    • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
    • Gas or charcoal grill; camp stove
    • Fuel for cooking, such as charcoal. (CAUTION: Never burn charcoal indoors. The fumes are deadly when concentrated indoors.)

    Prepare an Emergency Water Supply

     

    • Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet. You should consider storing more water than this for hot climates, for pregnant women, and for persons who are sick.
    • Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each person and each pet (try to store a 2-week supply if possible).
    • Observe the expiration date for store-bought water; replace other stored water every six months.
    • Store a bottle of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach to disinfect your water and to use for general cleaning and sanitizing.

    Note: Caffeinated drinks and alcohol dehydrate the body, which increases the need for drinking water.

    Water Containers (Cleaning and Storage)

    Unopened commercially bottled water is the safest and most reliable emergency water supply.

    Use of food-grade water storage containers, such as those found at surplus or camping supply stores, is recommended if you prepare stored water yourself.

    Before filling with safe water, use these steps to clean and sanitize storage containers:

    1. Wash the storage container with dishwashing soap and water and rinse completely with clean water.
    2. Sanitize the container by adding a solution made by mixing 1 teaspoon of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach in one quart of water.
    3. Cover the container and shake it well so that the sanitizing bleach solution touches all inside surfaces of the container.
    4. Wait at least 30 seconds and then pour the sanitizing solution out of the container.
    5. Let the empty sanitized container air-dry before use OR rinse the empty container with clean, safe water that already is available.

    Avoid using the following containers to store safe water:

    • Containers that cannot be sealed tightly
    • Containers that can break, such as glass bottles
    • Containers that have ever been used for any toxic solid or liquid chemicals (includes old bleach containers)
    • Plastic or cardboard bottles, jugs, and containers used for milk or fruit juices

    For proper water storage,

    • Label container as "drinking water" and include storage date.
    • Replace stored water that is not commercially bottled every six months.
    • Keep stored water in a place with a fairly constant cool temperature.
    • Do not store water containers in direct sunlight.
    • Do not store water containers in areas where toxic substances such as gasoline or pesticides are present.
    • GET YOUR EMERGENCY FOOD & WATER SUPPLIES NOW
    Disaster Preparedness Survival Food rations, from our 1200, 2400 and 3600 Calorie Mayday Food Bars, Survival Seeds and Long-Shelf-Life Energy Bars. We offer Heater Meals and MREs - everything you need for nourishment in extreme circumstances. Disaster Preparedness Survival Food rations, from our 1200, 2400 and 3600 Calorie Mayday Food Bars, Survival Seeds and Long-Shelf-Life Energy Bars. We offer Heater Meals and MREs - everything you need for nourishment in extreme circumstances.

     

  • Disaster Recovery Webinar Series

    National Preparedness Month Series - the Prequel

    You can be ready to shelter in place at home, with all the survival gear, disaster supplies and a plan to get you and your family through when things go massively awry... and then it happens. OOPS - you're at work. Is your business ready for disaster? Will you have a job when things normalize? Can your company survive? The Small Business Administration will be offering a series of webinars addressing just these issues. Mark your calendars, register, and follow these Business Continuity and Recovery sessions.

    Is Your Company Resilient Enough to Recover After a Major Disaster?

    In September, during National Preparedness Month, the SBA and Agility Recovery will co-host free webinars focused on different aspects of business continuity following a major disaster or extreme weather event.

    The webinars will be held on Wednesdays, at 2 p.m. EDT:

    • September 11 | Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees
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    • September 18 | The NEW 10 Steps to Preparedness - Lessons from the Past
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    Survival Gear! Wouldn't you like to be a Prepper too?
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    Are you Ready? 
    Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time.
    Check your Emergency Supplies:

    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Keep cash on hand - ATMs may not be available, and you cannot count on credit cards in an emergency.
    • Think Ahead-Plan Wisely-Prepare Yourself to Survive!

    Survival Gear Including: Survival Kits, C.E.R.T. Products and gear, Pet Emergency Kits/Supplies, Outdoor Supplies, Triage Units, Trauma Kits, Search & Rescue Equipment & Disaster and Survival Videos, Emergency Shelters, Lighting, Food & Heating. Continue reading

  • Join the National Preparedness Community

    National Preparedness Month Series - the Prequel

    National Preparedness Month is about getting ready to be ready. A great step to know what you can do and what is going on in your community is to join the National Preparedness Community online.

    The National Preparedness Community. By joining, you can connect, collaborate, and empower yourself and others to fulfill our shared responsibility to prepare.

    NPM-CommunityThere is no cost or obligation to do so. As a community member, you will have access to exclusive resources and be able to collaborate in the communities of practice, regional groups, national forms, and get updates from FEMA and emergency management personnel.

    NPM-CheckJoin now by completing the registration online

  • Use FREE Resources to Get Ready for National Preparedness Month 2013

    National Preparedness Month Series - the Prequel

    There are more emergency disaster preparedness resources available free free through the government than most individuals or businesses could possibly explore or utilize. State Agencies, CDC, NOAA, OES, USGS...the list goes on and on. A great starting point is Ready.gov... here are a few of the resources they offer:ReadyGov

  • Preparedness

    National Preparedness Month 2013 - the Prequel

    We've told you what Preparedness means to us...here's what it means to others:

    PREPAREDNESS

    pre·pared·ness Listen to audio/pr??per?dn?s/ noun
    [noncount] formal : the fact of being ready for something : the state of being prepared
    ? The police have been criticized for their lack of preparedness. [=for not being prepared] ? emergency preparedness [=being ready for an emergency] ? The military is in a state of preparedness.

    pre·pared·ness

    noun pri-?per-?d-n?s also -?perd-n?s

    Definition of PREPAREDNESS
    : the quality or state of being prepared

    prepared

    adjective

    Definition of PREPARED

    : subjected to a special process or treatment
    — pre·pared·ly adverb

    Related to PREPARED

    Synonyms
    fit, go, ready, set
    Antonyms
    flat-footed, half-baked, half-cocked, underprepared, unprepared, unready

    First Known Use of PREPAREDNESS

    1590

    prep·a·ra·tion

    noun ?pre-p?-?r?-sh?n

    Definition of PREPARATION
    : the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty
    : a state of being prepared
    : a preparatory act or measure
    : something that is prepared; specifically : a medicinal substance made ready for use

    Examples of PREPARATION

    1. The festival involves a lot of preparation.
    2. To complete this recipe, plan on about 30 minutes of preparation and 40 minutes of baking.

    Origin of PREPARATION

    Middle English preparacion, from Middle French preparation, from Latin praeparation-, praeparatio, from praeparare to prepare

    First Known Use: 14th century
    Special thanks to Merriam-Webster
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