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National Preparedness Month 2011


Secretary Sebelius Celebrates National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month 2011 focuses on remembering disasters from our past and preparing for the challenges of the future. During this time, we ask what steps each of us can take to ensure that our communities are ready to respond the next time disaster strikes.  This year’s campaign focuses on remembering disasters from our past, whether it be the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks or the disasters in Alabama and Missouri earlier this year, and asking our communities to work together to make our country more resilient.

A Time to Remember

Remember Those Who Served As we recall the tragic events of 9-11, we take time to remember the brave men and women who served our Nation during some of its darkest hours. EMTs, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and a wide variety of other public health professionals played a vital role in protecting public health and safety following the attacks. We thank all who have helped our nation respond and all those who have aided in preparing for and responding to emergencies since then.

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A Time to Prepare

There are a number of ways that individuals and communities can improve public health emergency preparedness, such as volunteering, participating in a challenge, learning more about preparedness, or committing to staying informed. If we work together, we can create communities that are prepared, responsive and resilient.

Participate in the Lifeline Challenge | Join a Team. Join the Response. | Stay Informed | Learn. Prepare. Stay Safe.
Learn about Hazardous Materials Safety | Check Out Tools for Responders & Medical Professionals

ASPR Sponsors Contest for Facebook Personal Preparedness Apps Join the ASPR Lifeline Facebook Application Challenge

When a disaster strikes, the connections someone has to other people can make a big significant difference in how well they do during an event and how well they recover after. Join our challenge to create a Facebook application that helps individuals be sure that those connections are in place so that they are better prepared for the next catastrophic event. Learn More >>
Join a Team.  Join the Response.  National Disaster Medical System logo.  Medical Reserve Corps logo. Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals logo. Join a Team. Join the Response.

Volunteers and other public health responders are a key part of most response operations. They bring life-saving services, comfort and care to people who are affected by disasters. Learn how you can become one of these extraordinary men and women and make a difference when your skills are needed most. Learn More >>
Stay Informed with the ASPR Newsroom.  Latest Videos.  News Releases.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Flickr.  YouTube Stay Informed with the ASPR Newsroom

Staying up-to-date with the latest public health and medical information can help you make better, safer choices during a disaster. Use the ASPR Newsroom to stay informed before, during, and after an emergency. You can also follow our updates on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. Learn More >>
Learn. Prepare. Stay Safe.  More information Learn. Prepare. Stay Safe.

Knowing what to do during a disaster and planning to keep your family and yourself safe during a disaster can prevent tragedies. Take a few minutes to learn what you can do to stay safe.
Natural Disasters | Mass Casualty Events | Bioterrorism |
Radiation Emergencies | Chemical Emergencies
Hazardous Materials Safety.  More information Learn More about Hazardous Materials Safety

Natural or manmade disasters may result in other types emergencies, such as chemical spills or releases of hazardous materials. The Emergency Response Guide can help you evaluate the situation so that you can make informed decisions and stay safe. The Guide includes information on identifying specific or generic materials that are involved in an incident. Learn More >>
Check out tools for responders and medical professionals.  More information Tools for Responders and Medical Professionals

Responders need information at their fingertips to make informed decisions.


  • This page last reviewed: January 11, 2018