September is National Preparedness Month

Take time during September and Get Ready!

August 31, 2017 | 2 min reading time

This article is 7 years old. It was published on August 31, 2017.

The City of St. Louis Department of Health is joining other public health and safety officials nationwide in reminding residents that everyone can, and should, take action to prepare for natural and man-made emergencies and disasters. This year, officials are focusing on increasing the overall number of individuals, families and communities taking part in efforts to prepare.

“National Preparedness Month is a great time for everyone to create or review their emergency plans,” said Patricia Curtis, emergency planner for the City of St. Louis Department of Health. A key component of a plan is a communication section that includes contact information for your family and other important people/offices, such as medical facilities, doctors, schools, or service providers. Your preparedness actions should also include assembling personalized emergency supply kits. A basic kit should include water, nonperishable food, battery powered or crank radio or flashlight and first aid materials. For a recommended supply list, visit the Department of Homeland Security website at

The official logo for National Preparedness Month 2017Take time during September and Get Ready!

For additional information of preparing for emergencies visit:

City of St. Louis Emergency Management Agency website at

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at

Federal Emergency Management Agency website at

National Preparedness Month is an annual observance during September, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security. The main goal of the observance is to education individuals, families, communities, businesses and places of worship on the importance of preparing for disasters before they happen. 

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