National Preparedness Month FEMA event
Photo by Barry Bahler
Washington, D.C., Sep. 20, 2012 -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visit the FEMA Ready booth at a National Preparedness Month Outreach Event at DHS Headquarters.

September is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Preparedness Month.

Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month has been encouraging individuals and families alike to create a plan of action in case of an emergency—whether a natural or man-made catastrophe.

The motto is: “Be aware, take action to prepare.”

RELATED: Download the National Preparedness Month Toolkit

From Sept. 1 through 30,you and your family can plan and prepare for any emergency situation, and improve your odds of survival, by being informed, building a kit and getting involved.

Looking to learn more? Check out FEMA’s “How to Get Involved 2014 NPM Quick Guide.”

For those interested in spreading the word, FEMA is offering a National Preparedness Month Toolkit, which contains cogent tips for engaging friends, family and strangers through social media.

Lastly, display your preparedness loud and proud with a National Preparedness Month logo and poster, available for free on FEMA’s Community website.

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