September is National Preparedness Month

Throughout September more than 3,000 organizations across the nation will be participating in National Preparedness Month (NPM). This marks the 10th annual NPM sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Department of Homeland Security.

The expressed purpose of National Preparedness Month is to promote emergency preparedness by encouraging all Americans to take action. FEMA and Homeland Security are urging Americans to do this by building an emergency kit, making a plan, being informed, and getting involved.

According to government statistics, in the past decade there have been 50% more disasters declared annually than in the previous ten years. FEMA states that its overall goal for the program is to make preparedness a part of everybody’s daily lives and not just for one month out of each year.

Are you prepared for a disaster (natural or otherwise) in which you and your family might be cut off from food, water, and electricity for some time? Do you know what your family and friends will do if you are separated during an emergency? Do you know where to get information during an emergency? Are you working with your community to make it a safer place during a disaster?

Even though the 2013 Hurricane season has gotten off to a slow start, it doesn’t mean that Florida’s citizens can be complacent. Disaster can strike at any time or anyplace. If you have questions about what you need to do to prepare for an emergency, please click on this link www.ready.gov for more information.

The Law Firm of Farah & Farah in Jacksonville urges everybody in Florida and across the nation to take emergency preparedness seriously and to make it a priority. It just takes a little bit of time and effort to ensure that your family is kept safe and sound when disaster strikes.

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