National Preparedness Month provides local health department (LHD) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit leaders, staff, and volunteers with an opportunity to foster greater community understanding and support for the critical role of local public health in supporting emergency preparedness. By hosting preparedness-themed education and outreach activities throughout September, LHDs and MRC Units can promote year-round community vigilance and strengthen collective resilience. In addition, local health officials and MRC Unit volunteers can sharpen their preparedness knowledge and facilitation skills as a result of leading Preparedness Month events.
NACCHO encourages LHDs and MRCs to take advantage of Preparedness Month to engage families, communities, businesses, and other regional partners in preparedness activities.
Building on the theme of “A Lasting Legacy,” Ready.gov offers a variety of resources that local health departments can share widely throughout the community to promote year-round community vigilance and strengthen collective resilience.
CDC has also published a new #PrepYourHealth Toolkit for Preparedness Month.
If your health department or MRC is planning activities to promote preparedness, NACCHO would like to feature your work through its publications. Please let Communications Specialist Beth Hess ([email protected]) know if you have activities planned.