September 2014 marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The theme for 2014 is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”. FEMA encourages you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. This is part of America’s PrepareAthon! a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. Each week also has its own preparedness theme:
- Week 1: How to…Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.
- Week 2: Know How to Plan for Specific Needs Before a Disaster
- Week 3: How to…Build an Emergency Kit
- Week 4 & 5: How to…Practice for an Emergency1
Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats is critical for protecting and securing our nation’s public health.2 TRAIN, the nation’s most comprehensive learning management network for professionals and volunteers who protect the public’s health, allows learners to search for and participate in training that builds preparedness skills. With both the Public Health Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities and Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Core Competencies integrated into TRAIN, public health professionals can go even further, searching for courses that develop these competencies and capabilities.
In 2014, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) Learning Office released the Annual Catalog of TRAIN Courses with Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies and/or Public Health Preparedness Capabilities. This publication provides professionals outlines of relevent preparedness training on TRAIN while also promoting the use of PHPR Core Comptencies and PHEP Capabilities in preparedness learning.
To embark upon your preparedness learning during National Preparedness Month, browse the emergency readiness subject area on TRAIN and create an account today. To learn more about additional activities during National Preparedness Month and explore how you or your organization can get involved, visit Ready.gov. Lastly, be sure to follow TRAIN’s Facebook and Twitter feeds and the #PHPR and #NatlPrep hashtags for highlighted trainings and news during September.
1. “2014 National Preparedness Month (NPM)”. http://www.ready.gov/september. Accessed on August 27, 2014.
2. Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning March 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/capabilities/DSLR_capabilities_July.pdf. Accessed August 27, 2014.