September is National Preparedness Month

2016 National Preparedness Month LogoHarris County Commissioners Court has declared September as National Preparedness Month (NPM).  Now in its 13th year, NPM is a month-long effort hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Campaign to encourage the public to prepare for all types of emergencies. Due to its success, the “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” theme will continue for a second year.

“Disasters can strike with little or no warning, but being ready can make a big difference,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “We work to prepare our community and to provide the best available emergency information at all times.”

This year, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management released its free mobile app, ReadyHarris, just in time for hurricane season. The app helps residents build a personal preparedness plan and get real-time updates during emergencies.

“Every minute counts when severe weather, or any emergency, threatens our community,” said Emmett. “This app empowers residents to make a personal plan and receive life-saving information at their fingertips.”

Nowadays, people depend on their smartphones to communicate, get the latest news, navigate the internet, and share information via social media. The ReadyHarris app delivers real time weather alerts, hosts a step-by-step guide to building a personalized family disaster plan, offers survival tip sheets, maps evacuation routes and locates local emergency services.

The app can be downloaded for free on iTunes and Google Play as ReadyHarris and is available in both English and Spanish. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather and other disasters, download the app or visit

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.