Maricopa Community Colleges Participate in September’s National Preparedness Month
It has been 10 years since the events of 9/11, and this September, the Maricopa Community Colleges will mark the anniversary by participating in National Preparedness Month (NPM), an event that was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness levels across the United States.
The event, now in its eighth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. The Maricopa Community Colleges are participating this year by launching an internal awareness campaign that will offer weekly reminders and tips to employees across the Maricopa County Community College District.
“We wanted to begin an internal awareness campaign for this year’s NPM as a way to introduce the event and refamiliarize employees with the Maricopa Emergency Management System (MEMS),” said Cynthia Jensen, the Maricopa Community Colleges District’s new emergency manager. “There are a lot of resources available to all of us for work and home that can help us be prepared and stay prepared for an emergency.”
One of NPM’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with three important steps: 1) Get an emergency supply kit; 2) Make a plan for what to do in an emergency; and 3) Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging individuals and communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. Preparedness information and events will be posted to Ready.gov. Jensen also said additional online resources are available at azdema.gov/, redcross.org/services/disaster, and azein.gov/.
This is the first year the Maricopa Community Colleges have participated in NPM. For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit Ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585.