National Preparedness Month 2011

August 4, 2011  //  

A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.

This September marks the 10-year anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11 that included a jet airplane crashing into the Pentagon on Virginia soil, killing 125 military and civilian works and all 64 people on the plane. 

In observing the 10thanniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, we can honor the memory of those who lives were lost by making sure we are ready for all types of disasters and emergencies.  There is no better time to prepare than September, which is National Preparedness Month.  Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation to recognize National Preparedness Month. 

NPM is held each September to encourage Americans to make sure they are prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.  Public and private organizations, groups and individuals can join the NPM Coalition and pledge to carry out at least one activity during the month to highlight the importance of family and business emergency preparedness.  Register as a National Coalition member by visiting and clicking on the National Preparedness Month banner.  In 2010, nearly 5,000 registered as Coalition Members, the highest number ever. 

Use these tools to educate others about National Preparedness Month:

Newsletter/website article

Governor’s proclamation

News release

Kids’ emergency preparedness quiz

Fact sheet


Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund