Today marks the start of the 9th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the US Department of Homeland Security.  Founded after 9/11, this month is dedicated to increasing the preparedness of all communities throughout the United States.  Preparedness is a shared responsibility and it takes the whole community’s involvement; Boston isn’t prepared unless you are.Get Ready.

This year, as in years past, the Boston Public Health Commission is participating in National Preparedness Month.  The Office of Public Health Preparedness, a division of the Boston Public Health Commission, is launching a new long-term campaign to support you, Boston community members, in preparing.  The “Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.” campaign will provide relevant, local information for you.  These three phrases are important in preparing yourself, your loved ones, and your community for emergencies we may face.  For the next four weeks during the month of September, we will feature content dedicated to helping you and your loved ones to get ready, be safe, and stay healthy before, during, and after an emergency.

As part of the “Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy” campaign, the Office of Public Health Preparedness and DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, with support from Metro Boston Homeland Security and the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, has launched an online course:  Community Preparedness Basics.  This course provides best practices, tips, and resources for community preparedness basics, and engages participants in interactive preparedness activities.  To learn more, or to take the course, click here.Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.

We also invite you to join us on Saturday, September 24th from 1:00-4:00PM for a Community Preparedness event at the Mildred Avenue Community Center (5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan).  This free, family-friendly event will provide you with information and skills you need to prepare your household, neighborhood, and community for a strong and resilient Boston.  Community resilience All are welcome, and this event is rain or shine!

Interested in learning more about how you can get ready, be safe, and stay healthy before, during, and after an emergency?  Be sure to check back on this blog for upcoming posts throughout the month of September.

For more information on National Preparedness Month, or the launch of Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy. please visit www.readysafehealthy.org.

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