National Preparedness Month: Disasters donít plan ahead, you can
Thursday, 31 August 2017
By Troy Carney
Special to GUIDON

Every September the Army observes National Preparedness Month.

This September, NPM will focus on planning, with the theme; “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.”

The month emphasizes the importance of fostering a culture of preparedness to strengthen the ability to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond and recover from all emergencies.

A hazardous event — either natural or man-made — can occur at any time, and people must be prepared to react  accordingly.

Planning and preparation are critical factors that enable the Army to continue vital missions before, during and after emergencies.

Everyone can take action to prepare. Everyone is able to help first responders in the community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes where people live, work and visit.

The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, Families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses and schools.

The Army’s primary means of promoting NPM is through Ready Army, a proactive community-awareness campaign promoting preparedness throughout the Army.

The Ready Army website,, provides recommended supply lists for 72-hour individual and Family survival kits.

Ready Army also offers various sources of information and resources for successful emergency planning.

Responsibility for the safety and resiliency of the Army lies with each member of the Army Family.

Engagement among leaders, Soldiers, Families and civilians is pivotal to highlighting the role each individual plays in preparedness.

During the 2017 observance of NPM, the Fort Leonard Wood Emergency Management Office will place displays with information on receiving emergency alert messages and planning for hazards in the Fort Leonard Wood area. The planned locations are in the lobby of Hoge Hall, the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence  Food Court, the Soldier Service Center and periodically at the Exchange.

The 2017 weekly themes are:

Friday through Sept. 9: Make a plan for yourself, Family and friends.

Sept. 10 through 16: Plan to help your neighbor and community.

Sept. 17 through 23: Practice and build out your plans.

Sept. 24 through 30: Get involved. Be a part of something larger.

Look for articles in the GUIDON every week in September addressing those themes.

For more information about preparing for disasters or to request materials, call 573.563.7909.

(Editor’s note: Carney is an emergency management specialist with the Fort Leonard Wood Emergency Management Office.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 September 2017 )