September is National Preparedness Month; make time to plan for disasters

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  • By Greg Wilson
  • JBSA Office of Emergency Management

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder to plan and prepare for emergencies that could impact our homes, workplace, schools, and communities.  

Planning and preparation is essential in building resilient communities and coincides with this year’s theme of “Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters.”  

People should take the necessary steps now to be prepared not just today, but throughout the year. 

To assist in planning and preparations the following weekly themes have been developed:

Week 1 (Sept. 1-7): Save early for disaster costs
Week 2 (Sept. 8-14): Make a plan to prepare for disasters
Week 3 (Sept. 15-21): Teach youth to prepare for disasters
Week 4 (Sept. 22-30): Get involved in your community’s preparedness

The Air Force’s “Be Ready,” the Army’s “Ready Army” and the Navy’s “Ready Navy” awareness campaigns were established to ensure military and civilian members have the knowledge they require to enhance resilience, equip their readiness and increase security by being prepared to respond and recover from any emergency situation that occurs at Joint Base San Antonio. 

The end goal is to foster a culture of preparedness across the installation and in our communities.  It is a dedicated time to develop emergency response plans in our units and at home, and to join in local efforts to become a partner in our overall preparedness. 

Commanders at all levels need to ensure the JBSA Emergency Management Program and the planning associated with it is a priority in September and maintained all year around.  Failure to get the word out and get the planning in place could contribute to a potential negative impact on the installation’s emergency preparedness and mission continuation. 

Contact the JBSA Office of Emergency Management at 210-671-2260 for more information.