What Month is This?…And What Will You Do About It?

September is National Preparedness Month. It’s the time when our government–particularly FEMA–tells us we need to be ready for disasters and emergencies.

That’s good common sense advice any time, no matter what month the calendar says it is.

A growing number of emergency management professionals are saying it’s a good idea to have more than just a 72-hour kit at the ready. First Responders and others involved in recovery after a disaster may not be able to help you for days or even weeks.

Yet you can always count on a good many people waiting until the last minute to stock up on things to get them through the storm. That makes it so important to spread the word about preparedness.

Thus, FEMA’s National Preparedness Month campaign.

But then there’s this funny little catch. The FBI and DHS are asking businesses and individuals to be on the lookout for certain people who could cause trouble. Do they have in mind people like you and me who stock up on preps and express certain views Uncle Sam doesn’t like?

What to do? In a nutshell, discretion is the order of the day. But by all means prepare!

These and other topics were at the center of conversation on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio show.

My guest was Janet Liebsch, co-author of It’s A Disaster! …And What Are YOU Gonna Do About It? At the time of this writing she was also Executive Vice President of the U.S. First Responders Association and the Arizona state moderator on the American Preppers Network. She has her finger on the pulse when it comes to preparedness.

Quite a bit happens around the country during National Preparedness Month. Janet touched on a few examples. You’d be surprised at what you can do in your local community or neighborhood.

It’s A Disaster! should be in everybody’s survival library. It’s the kind of reference you’ll pull down from the shelf many times. It’s a great item to get for yourself or share with others.

If you have a business or want to do a fund raiser for a church, school or other group, contact Janet about book pricing and customizing opportunities. Call 1-888-999-4325. Janet’s company FedHealth publishes a monthly e-newsletter on preparedness as well.

To hear my interview with Janet Liebsch listen to DestinySurvival Radio for September 1, 2011.

My thanks to Janet and Bill Liebsch for providing two print copies of their book and two e-book editions as prizes for DestinySurvival Radio listeners.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “What Month is This?…And What Will You Do About It?”

  1. IMO, there’s little point to a national preparedness month. If the topic of preparedness only comes to the forefront of your conciousness once each year then you don’t truly understand the preparedness mentality. I know FEMA is trying to get us prepared but it’s a losing battle.

    1. Good point. Preparedness does indeed need to be more than just a once a year thing. It’s worth noting that they’re encouraging us to be prepared at all. It’s an admission that they can’t and won’t be there for people when the chips are down. If Katrina didn’t teach that lesson, then what will?

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