“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” September is National Preparedness Month

From the Harris County Regional Joint Information Center

(Harris County, TX)— Harris County Commissioners Court has recognized September as National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has joined efforts with the Ready Campaign to promote preparedness in our region.  This year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”
“Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help us minimize the impact they will have on our lives,” said Harris County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Sloan.  “This is why we promote preparedness year round.”
September 2014 marks the eleventh annual NPM, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Citizens Corps.  Thousands of national, regional and local public/private organizations are supporting emergency preparedness by reminding residents to follow these four steps:


As a Ready Campaign Coalition Member, HCOHSEM will be promoting emergency preparedness on its website http://www.readyharris.org and through social media using Facebook and Twitter, also by participating in numerous outreach events scheduled in September.
Last year, HCOHSEM and Harris County Citizen Corps were present at more than 150 outreach events, distributed more than 20,000 hurricane preparedness brochures and 50,000 other disaster preparedness items in multiple languages.
The Harris County Citizen Corps is committed to creating opportunities for people to volunteer to help our community prepare for and respond to emergencies.
“We place volunteers in programs that train them to be proficient in safety basics they can use at home, work, school or anywhere they go,” added Sloan. “For more than a decade, Harris County Citizen Corps volunteers have been essential partners and play a crucial role in emergency preparedness and recovery.”
Harris County Citizen Corps has more than 20,000 trained Community Emergency Response Team volunteers, more than 21,000 Volunteers in Police Services members, more than 4,000 Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, almost 6,000 USA on Watch volunteers and 24 Fire Corps agencies.
To join Harris County Citizen Corps or for more information about its programs go to http://www.harriscountycitizencorps.org or call (281) JOIN NOW (564-6669).


Sign up for Harris County Alerts and get emergency news and updates at http://www.readyharris.org.   You can also follow HCOHSEM on Facebook and Twitter.
More details about NPM and the Ready Campaign are available at http://www.ready.gov or by calling 1-800-BE-READY.