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National Preparedness Month

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Throughout September, CDC and more than 3000 organizations—national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations—will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action. For Preparedness Month 2014, the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response plans to focus on vulnerable populations. Each week, we will focus our messaging and products on the following unique areas:

  • Week 1: Children - We will talk about incorporating children into emergency preparedness and what to do with kids during an emergency, including the importance of post-disaster concerns for kids.
  • Week 2: Medical Needs - It is important that people with medical needs and their family members make plans to protect themselves in the event of disasters. This week, we will talk about preparedness actions for those with disabilities, health conditions, medical needs, their caregivers, and information for emergency planners to meet the physical and mental needs.
  • Week 3: Older Adults - There are special measures older Americans and their families can take to start preparing for emergencies before they happen. We will discuss the needs and limitations of older adults and the importance of keeping specialized items ready in case they are needed during an emergency or natural disaster.
  • Week 4: Pet Preparedness for Pet Owners - If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your family. This week we will encourage people to plan for their pets by building an animal emergency supply kit, identifying pet-friendly shelters and evacuation spots, and making plans in case you are separated from your pet.
  • Final 3 Days: Businesses - We will highlight the importance of preparedness for businesses in overall planning and recovery, including preparing employees.
  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP) - Additionally, throughout the month of September, we will share our Limited English Proficiency (LEP) resources. Learn about the non-English resources available at CDC and through our partners and help raise awareness of LEP considerations in emergency preparedness and response.

Are You Ready? Preparedness Month 2014


For each topic in September, PHPR plans to release Public Health Matters blog posts, social media messages, and graphics. We are also excited to release the Ready Wrigley mobile application at the end of September. We hope you will join us for a Twitter Chat on Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations on September 10 at 3pm EST. Use #CDCprep and join the conversation!


We are excited to partner with multiple organizations across the country to promote emergency preparedness for vulnerable populations throughout the month of September. For more information about our partners and their contributions to National Preparedness Month please visit our partners page.

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Also in September, all federal agencies will come together to promote the fall PrepareAthon. The PrepareAthon is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and national level exercises conducted each fall and spring. The month will culminate in the National Day of Action on September 30.

PrepareAthon messages will focus on specific hazards this fall: winter weather, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and flooding. For more information, visit


Follow us on social media (@CDCemergency on Twitter and CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response on Facebook), bookmark our Public Health Matters blog, and sign up for GovDelivery email updates.

If you would like to partner with us for Preparedness Month, or would like more information, please contact us at

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