Greater Memphis Chamber Announces Participation in September’s National Preparedness Month (NPM)

Release date: 9/1/2011

This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.

Memphis, Tenn – This September, as our nation marks the ten year anniversary of 9/11, the Greater Memphis Chamber has committed to participate in National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September, 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 the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. The chamber is participating this year by informing Memphians and businesses on how to prepare for emergencies through social media and our membership newsletter.

One of NPM’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with three important steps:

1. Get an emergency supply kit
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency
3. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.

Please visit the chamber’s website for information on how you and your business can prepare for an emergency: www.memphischamber.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MemphisChamber and Facebook www.facebook.com/memphischamber to receive updates throughout September on National Emergency Preparedness Month.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit Ready.gov or call 11-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585.

The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development agency for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.