September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

September 2015 is the 12th annual National Preparedness Month. The Arizona National Guard encourages its Soldiers, Airmen, civilian employees and their families to prepare for emergencies that may arise and if called upon, remain constantly ready to respond to disasters when needed. (Image courtesy of nationalguard.mil)

PHOENIX -- September 2015 is the 12th annual National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month is a commemorative event to emphasize the importance of being prepared for real world emergencies and natural disasters.

The Arizona National Guard remains steadfast: to educate, empower, and involve the community in preparedness activities that enhance the resiliency of Arizonans and increase our readiness.

Under the National Response Framework, citizens are expected to be self-sufficient for 72 hours when basic services such as water, power, and government support may not be available. The Arizona National Guard encourages its Soldiers, Airmen, civilian employees and their families to prepare for emergencies that may arise and if called upon, remain constantly ready to respond to disasters when needed.

No other organization in the Department of Defense has the National Guard’s combination of skills, experience and accessibility to support civil authorities as quickly. The National Guard plays an important role in disaster response; all efforts are in support of federal, state and local officials. The Arizona National Guard stands ready to provide support with evacuation and rescue efforts, the preservation and restoration of civil order, the protection of property, and the ability to establish and maintain communications throughout the state.

With more than 200 responses last year, the National Guard assisted with wildfires, storms, floods, and hurricanes, and our service members were credited with rescuing more than 3,000 people nationwide.

The message is simple; be disaster aware, take action to prepare.

If you would like more information on ways to be prepared visit:

• Arizona Emergency Information Network at www.azein.gov

• Ready Army at www.ready.army.mil

• American Red Cross--www.redcross.org

• Department of Homeland Security (Ready.gov)--www.ready.gov

• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)--www.fema.gov

• Center for Disease Control (CDC)--www.bt.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/