Today marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month, an opportunity for our nation’s families and communities to discuss their plans if they were faced with an emergency. Protecting the United States from threats like terrorism, natural disasters, and infectious diseases is a shared responsibility and everyone has an important role to play.
This effort starts in our own communities. By talking to your neighbors, friends and family about citizen preparedness – during September and beyond – we can build a culture where shared responsibility for preventing and responding to emergencies is every bit as common as planning for retirement or keeping your car and home in good repair.
For more information about emergency planning, visit www.ready.gov
or the Spanish-language site, www.listo.gov
Individuals can also help by learning a skill like CPR
, or volunteering in their community through a local Citizen Corps
We look forward to sharing additional ideas and information here, and at DHS.gov
throughout the month of September to help all Americans become better prepared for – and more resilient to – emergencies of all kinds. Janet Napolitano is the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security