Mayor Dan Sullivan proclaims September 2011 as National Preparedness Month (NPM)
This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.
Contact: Dawn Brantley
(Anchorage, AK) – This September, as our nation observes the ten year anniversary of 9/11, Anchorage officials will participate in National Preparedness Month (NPM). As part of the preparations, Mayor Dan Sullivan proclaimed September 2011 as National Preparedness Month. In his proclamation, Mayor Sullivan recognized the importance of preparing families, homes, businesses and the community for any type of emergency.
Mayor Sullivan encourages all residents of Anchorage to participate in the preparedness activities during National Preparedness Month; to develop their own emergency preparedness plan; and to work toward creating a more prepared community.
NPM was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness throughout the United States. The event, now in its eighth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. Anchorage is participating this year by hosting an Elementary Emergency Preparedness Poster Contest; offering educational presentations to groups and classrooms, honoring Community Heroes; and partnering with other organizations to bring Anchorage residents the Fourth Annual Safe & Sound Emergency Preparedness Fair on Sept. 17 at the Loussac Library from 11a.m. to 3p.m.
One of NPM’s key messages is tobe prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with three important steps:
1. Get or make an emergency supply kit
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency
3. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. No city can be completely prepared without prepared citizens. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. The Mayor’s proclamation, information about the fair in Anchorage and about emergency preparedness will be posted on Facebook.com/anchoragenpm and Facebook.com/anchorageoem.
For a pdf version of the proclamation, click here