National Preparedness Month Emphasizes Replacing Fearfulness with Readiness

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is asking all Tennesseans to make disaster resilience a priority today with his proclamation recognizing September as National Preparedness Month.

“September is preparedness month, and it is a good reminder to all Tennesseans that now is always a good time to be prepared,” says Governor Bill Lee.  “Emergencies and disasters can happen anytime, often without warning and citizens need to take action to be ready for when the unexpected comes,” he added.

As a nationwide event, now in its 15th year, National Preparedness Month serves a month-long observance to encourage households, businesses, and communities to be ready now before disasters occur.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) will highlight key preparedness topics, such as youth preparedness and disaster costs, throughout September to emphasize important components of individual and community disaster planning.

“Just one year ago, TEMA was coordinating the deployment of emergency personnel to help with the hurricane response in Florida and the Carolinas,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan.  “Tennesseans should not wait for the next disaster to strike and then hope for help to come.  Most likely, neighbors will be the first help at the disaster scene before the first responders arrive.  So, it’s important to prepare in advance in order to help yourself, your family, and your community,” he added.