September is National Preparedness Month: Are You Ready?

Wednesday, 02 September 2009

September is National Preparedness Month, an opportunity for Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools. It is also important for first responders to be mentally and physically prepared for emergencies to ensure they are ready to effectively protect their communities.

The theme for communities this year focuses on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and what it means to truly be ready, which includes getting an emergency kit, making a plan, being informed, and getting involved. First responders can use this theme to prepare themselves so that they are ready to serve their community if disaster strikes:

  • Get the tools you need to be physically and mentally ready through the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program at Make a plan to make healthy changes now or maintain your fitness routine and healthy diet so that you are ready for the challenges you face as a first responder.
  • Be informed about what a heart-healthy lifestyle means, why you are at increased risk of heart disease and other illnesses as a firefighter, and how you can reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Get your whole department involved in a health and wellness routine so that your team is physically and mentally ready for the next call.
For more information on preparing your department and community for emergency situations, visit Ready.gov and the Fire Corps National Preparedness Month Resource Center.

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