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1 National Preparedness Month September is National Preparedness Month Are You Prepared?

2 Disasters in the United States Average Each Year:  Cost = $52 billion ($1 billion per week)  Fatalities = 480 Shell Pt., FL., 7/18/2005 -- Stuffed animals hung out to dry following Hurricane Dennis. FEMA photo/Andrea Booher

3 Costliest U.S. Disasters 1988 Drought $40 billion; 10,000 deaths 1993 Midwest Floods $21 billion; 48 deaths 2005 Hurricanes Katrina & Rita $85 billion; 1,843 deaths

4 Terrorism Raises the Toll September 11, 2001 $40 billion; 2,751 deaths Major disaster concerns are no longer just weather-related.

5 Are You Prepared? In order for a community to be prepared for a disaster, everyone needs to take the necessary steps to become disaster-ready. - Statement by DHS and American Red Cross

6 Cooperative Extension Service Stands as a valuable resource in disaster education. Value was proven in 1993 Midwest Floods - The result was EDEN

7 EDEN’s Available Resources Through a national Web site and an email listserv, EDEN delegates in each state share information on:  Natural disasters  Man-made disasters  Terrorism-related disasters

8 National Preparedness Month What is it? - NPM is a campaign held in September to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for disasters in their:  Homes  Businesses  Schools

9 National Preparedness Month Sponsored by:  U.S. Department of Homeland Security Joined by 100+ partners nationwide  Through EDEN, Extension is a partner

10 National Preparedness Month Areas of Focus:  Get a Kit  Make a Plan  Be Informed  Get Involved

11 EDEN’s Role in NPM Through your own community…  To provide educational materials on disaster preparedness.  To provide easy access to valuable online resources and disaster organizations.

12 Why Do You Need to Prepare?  Disasters are unpredictable  Disasters happen in every community  Your family’s well-being is important

13 How Can You Prepare?  Prepare a disaster supplies kit that will sustain you for three or more days.  Know your local emergency management system.  Be aware of the types of disasters that are likely to effect you.  Have a NOAA weather radio on hand.

14 How Can You Prepare? Disaster supplies kit:  Three-day supply of non-perishable food  Three-day supply of water  Portable, battery-powered radio  Flashlight  Cash and coins

15 How Can You Prepare? Family Communications Plan:  Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations.  Download your own plan at

16 How Can You Prepare? Understanding your community:  Find out what kinds of disasters are most likely to occur in your area.  Inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare, and school.

17 How Can You Prepare? Protecting your business:  An estimated 25% do not reopen following a major disaster  Ready Business is a program offered by DHS & EDEN to help prepare businesses with plans. Access materials at

18 Volunteering Helping a community be prepared:  Join Citizen Corps  Contact or visit the local: American Red Cross Emergency Management Agency County Extension Service.

19 EDEN has the Information  Search for materials on all disasters  Access research-based disaster information from land grant universities  Link to various federal disaster agencies

20 The September Campaign EDEN’s Web page for NPM (  Answers a multitude of questions on disaster preparedness.  Provides necessary resources to help you become disaster prepared.

21 Disasters are Like Pop Quizzes… Wouldn’t you prefer to be prepared?

22 Thank You! Your name Contact information The EDEN National Preparedness Month materials were developed with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture under CSREES/USDA Agreement No. 2005-37620-15609. Any opinions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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