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Tulsa Health Department Announces September is National Preparedness Month

Tulsa, OK – This September, as our nation marks the ten year anniversary of 9/11, the Tulsa Health Department will participate in National Preparedness Month (NPM), an event founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S. The event, now in its eighth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by theReady Campaign and Citizen Corps that encourages households, businesses, and communities to work together and plan for emergencies.


Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month theme, “This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare,” focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.


THD wants you to be prepared in the event you must go three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services. You may also be without aid from police, fire and rescue, especially if trees and power lines are down or if they’re overwhelmed by demand from an emergency.


Preparation begins with three important steps:

Get a kit. You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. Be sure to include enough supplies for you and for those you care for, such as water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, prescriptions, and a flashlight. An entire list of kit supplies can be found at 

Make a plan. Create a family emergency plan that details how to contact one another, how to get back together, and what to do in different situations.

Be informed. Learn more about the potential emergencies and the appropriate way to respond to them. Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources have free information available to assist you.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit or call 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585

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