By Destiny Sibert, CNIC Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) is observing this year’s theme, “Prepare to protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love,” by offering educational webinars, informational resources and guidance to educate Navy families about disaster preparedness.
“Our Sailors are trained and ready for anything while on duty, but personal and family readiness, especially during unexpected disasters and emergencies, is equally important,” said Judith Wright, Family Emergency Response Program Analyst with Fleet and Family Support Program for CNIC. “Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. We encourage all Sailors, personnel and Navy families to take advantage of the educational resources offered during National Preparedness Month to ready your family now and ensure their survival if the unexpected happens.”
Each week in September will focus on different preparedness themes: Make a Plan; Build a Kit; Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness; and Teach Youth about Preparedness. Fleet and Family Support Program will deep dive into these topics during their online webinars, which are open to Sailors, personnel and family members at no cost at https://ffsp.zeiders.refineddata.com. Webinars occur Tuesdays during NPM, beginning on September 14:
- Make a Plan, Build a Kit: Tues., Sept. 14, 2021 @1400 EST
- Prepare for a Disaster: Tues, Sept. 21, 2021 @1400 EST
- Teach Youth about Preparedness: Tues., Sept. 28, 2021 @1400 EST
Sailors, Navy personnel and their family members can ready themselves for disaster and unexpected emergency events by:
- Creating an emergency kit with at least three days’ worth of food, water, essential supplies
- Developing and practicing a family emergency plan with the whole family, including children
- Keeping your family’s information updated in Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS), https://navyfamily.navy.mil
- Adding the phone number for your local Fleet and Family Support Center to your phone now. During a crisis, they are your best resource for Navy assistance and support.
- Familiarizing yourself with Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) services. Installations will stand up EFACs following significant emergencies to provide Navy families a one-stop-shop resource and information hub with the latest information, legal support, counseling resources, financial support and more.
- Taking advantage of other checklists and guidance available on the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster preparedness website, www.Ready.gov
Commander, Navy Installations Command oversees 53,000 employees located across 70 Navy shore installations in 10 regions around the world and is charged with sustaining the Fleet, enabling the fighter and supporting the family. For more news from CNIC, visit www.cnic.navy.mil or follow the command’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.