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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 9

Message From The Chief

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Our nation sets aside this month to remember the challenges we have overcome and reinforce the need for all to be prepared for disasters and emergencies. Being prepared is a shared responsibility; it takes the entire community. This September, I urge all Texans to commit to accomplishing the following simple tasks:

  • Learn about hazards in your community and how to properly prepare and respond to them
  • Build an emergency kit
  • Make a communications plan
  • Get involved in community preparedness by volunteering

Every incident and disaster, whether natural or manmade, presents us with unique elements and often unexpected consequences. Don't be lulled into thinking that the last big disaster was as bad as it could get, as there just may be another record waiting to be broken.

Additional links:

Make an Emergency Plan
2017 National Preparedness Month
America's PrepareAthon!
Community Emergency Response Teams
Volunteer in Texas
Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11, 2001, forever changed our country. We lost friends, neighbors, and family members, but we gained a new sense of unity; a reminder of belonging to something bigger than ourselves. We realized a need to reevaluate our perspective towards emergency management and homeland security, and in doing so, became stronger. As we have pieced together a new strategy to protect and defend our nation, the effects have been felt not only at the national level but also at the state and local levels; in surges of volunteerism alone, this new generation has answered the call to service.

As another school year begins and we settle back into our familiar routines, it is imperative that we do not forget what we experienced 16 years ago. September 11, while a tragedy, brought with it solidarity, patriotism, and a reminder that tomorrow is never a guarantee. That dark day inspired communities across the nation to face the challenges of a global society head on. We remember those we lost, but do so in a way that our children understand the meaning of these words: Duty, Honor, Country.

Other days to remember in August:

Baby Safety Month
September 8 – 1900 Galveston Hurricane Anniversary
September 10 – Grandparent's Day
September 15 – National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 20 – Hurricane Beulah Anniversary (1967)
September 24 – Hurricane Rita Anniversary (2005)

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