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September 2, 2014

RE: National Preparedness Month Reminder

Dear Mayor:

We wanted to remind you that September is National Preparedness Month. And, once again, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State’s Office of Emergency Management want you to take advantage of all the resources that are available to raise awareness and take action to prepare your community.

National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies. Activities this September, 2014, will focus on the theme, “Be disaster aware. Take action to prepare.” During this month, FEMA asks you to consider hosting a community fair about disaster preparedness or making a public proclamation declaring September National Preparedness Month. Once you have raised awareness about risks in your community and ways to be prepared, take action!

On Tuesday, September 30, New Jersey municipalities are invited to take part in America’s PrepareAthon (AP!), a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. America’s PrepareAthon! provides a national focus for individuals, organizations and communities to participate through drills, group discussions and exercises to prepare for local  hazards.

Sign up your community for America's PrepareAthon! and on Tuesday, September 30th, take one of the following actions to be better prepared:

1. Get Tech Ready. At 9:30 am on September 30, ask your community members to download the FEMA mobile application and program In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts into their phones. Download the app here and learn other actions you can take to be tech ready.

2. Make a Plan. Make a public statement and ask your constituents to identify who to contact, where to go, and what to include in a go-kit should a disaster occur. Distribute a family communication plan and ask everyone to complete and share with their loved ones.

3. Practice! Bring your community together and hold a Hurricane Table Top Exercise to practice your community plan. PrepareAthon playbooks are available at

Please let FEMA know if you plan to participate in National Preparedness Month and/or America’s PrepareAthon! and how they can best support your efforts. On this matter, you can contact FEMA’s Claire Thomas, Community Preparedness Officer,

Thank you for helping make our nation more prepared!

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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