NORFOLK, Va. - National Preparedness Month is observed each September and sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security. National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, places of work, schools and communities. This year’s overall theme is, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

Remaining 2020 weekly themes:

• Week 3: Sept. 13-19, Prepare for Disasters

• Week 4: Sept. 20-26, Teach Youth About Preparedness

Commander, Navy Installations Command's (CNIC) Ready Navy program educates Sailors and their families on how to be prepared when, not if, an emergency occurs.

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season was the fourth in a consecutive series of above-average and damaging hurricane seasons, featuring more than 15 named storms and eight hurricanes that caused over $50 billion in damages and at least 172 deaths. On July 4, 2019, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred near Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. The following day, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred. Disasters happen and these incidents are reminders of how important it is to be prepared both at work and at home. Having a good plan in place save lives, time and money.

Ready Navy is a Navy-wide emergency preparedness, public awareness program to assist Sailors and families when similar disasters happen. Ready Navy is designed for the Navy community to increase the ability of every person and family on or near Navy installations to meet today's challenges head on and prepare for all types of hazards, ranging from hurricanes and earthquakes to terrorist attacks.

Navy personnel and families are strongly encouraged to strengthen emergency planning at home and work by reading and following the tips and information found at www.ready.navy.mil and www.ready.gov.

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