The National Preparedness Coalition was established after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11/2001. The intent was to bring together emergency management professionals, first responders and government agencies into one national organization to collaborate, cooperate and communicate on issues affecting emergency management and community preparedness.
The actual membership as of 5 February is 23, 823. Membership in the National Preparedness Coalition is completely voluntary and free. Current members include schools, local governments, military partners, colleges and universities, faith based organizations, child care centers, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and business and industry associations. Individuals and families are encouraged to join the coalition and get involved as well.
FEMA administers this program under through its website, Ready.gov. There, FEMA advises to Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved. The National Preparedness Coalition is within their Get Involved guidelines.
Membership is free and open to anyone. Members can become involved in regional discussions
connect and collaborate with coalition members nearby, join the discussions, learn from and share best practices with members from around the country. They can also search for preparedness events around their community or around the country, for example the St. Lawrence County Preparedness Expo scheduled in May.
For more information, visit Ready.gov or contact the St. Lawrence County Emergeny Services office at 315-379-2240.
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