For most, September is just the ninth month on the calendar. It’s a time when the days start to cool down, and college football season begins. But, for emergency planners across the country, September is a special month— one of remembrance, preparedness, observation and concern. And, for good reason(s).

Remembrance: The Anniversary of 9/11 – September 11, 2001 was a day of infamy—one that Americans (and the world) will never forget. For 17 years now, we pause on this day to reflect on the thousands of lives lost, as well as those forever changed by this heinous act of terrorism. Vowing “Never Again,” the U.S. government continues to do everything it can to prevent another attack, including monitoring potential terrorists, quickly identifying individuals who may be becoming radicalised, and providing people-at-risk and buildings with additional security. We, as Americans, and as suggested by the Department of Homeland Security, can do our part too by remaining vigilant, reporting concerns or suspicious activity, and of course being prepared.

Preparedness: National Preparedness Month – Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM). It’s a time when FEMA’s Ready Campaign——leads the effort to help the general public prepare for and better respond to emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. This year’s NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. To help folks along, many pre-recorded webinars featuring new community preparedness topics are completely free and ready for quick download. Plus, there is numerous content (publications, videos, social media, links, etc.) available. Also, September 15th is a National Day of Action, during which many “Prepareathons” will take place across the nation.

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