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 yesterday on DestinySurvival Radio.

My guest was Janet Liebsch, co-author of It’s A Disaster! …and what are YOU gonna do about it? She’s 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.

There’s quite a bit happening around the country during National Preparedness Month. Janet touched on a few examples during DestinySurvival Radio. But for more info go to http://community.fema.gov. 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 Liebsch about book pricing and customizing opportunities. Click on the link below for more info. You can also call 1-888-999-4325.

Janet’s company FedHealth publishes a monthly e-newsletter on preparedness as well. This month it will be published weekly. It’s worth your time to look it over. View this week’s newsletter here.

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.

Are you involved with National Preparedness Month this year? Will you be? Have you been in the past? Leave a comment below and share some thoughts.

Download a FREE sample mini e-book here.


For further reading…

12 Things That We Can Learn From Hurricane Irene About How To Prepare For Disasters

View the FedHealth newsletters from Bill and Janet Liebsch for:

September 2, 2011

September 9, 2011

September 16, 2011

September 23, 2011

September 30, 2011


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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