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Join the National Dialogue on Preparedness

What We Talk About When We Talk About Preparedness

Ready.gov: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
Every year during the month of September, the Ready.gov team—along with the entire Department—direct their energies toward building the preparedness of all Americans. What do we mean by preparedness? Simply put: to strengthen our defenses against emergencies of all kinds.

Simple steps you take to prepare yourself for emergency situations will help you stay calm when faced with a crisis, and help you recover faster should disaster strike.

Regardless of your family's preparedness level, Ready.gov is a great resource for getting started or learning more about ways to protect yourself. And if you're looking for a forum to share ideas and best practices, join the National Dialogue on Preparedness and share your ideas with the Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force.

Established at the direction of Congress, this task force was directed to take stock of the numerous efforts that have shaped preparedness policy, guidance, and investments since 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and to find ways to ensure that similar efforts in the future are efficient, streamlined and measurable.

We’re counting on your thoughts and ideas about the state of national preparedness to help inform the Task Force and their report to Congress.

So log in and submit your ideas ---the dialogue closes on September 10 – and join the many Americans that have already weighed in and played their part.
Last Updated: 09/28/2018
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