September is National Preparedness Month

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Harris County Commissioners Court recognized September as National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) encourages residents to take time to make sure that their families, neighborhoods, and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all types.
“Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning and can have disastrous impacts,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Residents, especially those new to our area, need to be aware of our local hazards and take steps to prepare.”

The NPM initiative, now in its 12th year, is a month-long effort hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps. This year’s theme is Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. The following links provide valuable preparedness information:

HCOHSEM is promoting emergency preparedness through its newly produced public service announcements, on its website, and through social media and

“Being prepared is a shared responsibility and everyone should do their part,” added Emmett. “Emergencies will happen, so it’s important to be proactive and get prepared before disasters strike.”

Last year, HCOHSEM participated in more than 200 outreach events and distributed thousands of preparedness brochures and other preparedness items in multiple languages. Harris County is committed to maximizing awareness and encouraging participation in disaster preparedness training and activities.

HCOHSEM provides preparedness guides and emergency news and updates at

More details about NPM and the Ready Campaign are available at or by calling 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO or TTY 1-800-462-7585.