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Wilmington Promotes National Preparedness Month

Post Date:09/13/2018 9:00 AM

A series of events will focus on emergency planning for families and communities

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Office of Emergency Management Director Willie J. Patrick, Jr., today reminded citizens of the importance of planning for emergencies as Wilmington celebrates National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September.

“In light of the recent anniversary of 9/11, and given that Hurricane Florence is now pounding several nearby states while terrible wildfires continue to burn out west, we know that  both natural and manmade disasters can be devastating ,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We can’t stress enough how important it is to prepare ourselves and our families for disasters that could occur with and without warning.”

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is commemorated each September. This year’s NPM will focus on the overarching theme of “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” The City of Wilmington is observing NPM by setting up weekly displays at Wilmington’s City Hall that provide information related to disaster preparedness – such as drafting a plan, building a kit, and being informed. The next information display is tomorrow, Friday, September 13, beginning at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Louis L. Redding City County Building, at 800 North French Street.

Moreover, Director Patrick says citizens are advised to learn lifesaving skills like CPR and first aid, to check insurance policies and coverage for flood hazards, to learn how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas, and to consider the costs associated with disasters which should be enough of an incentive to begin to save money for an emergency.

The weekly themes for National Preparedness Month 2018 are:

  • Week One: Make and Practice Your Plan (September 1-8)
  • Weeks Two: Learn Life Saving Skills (September 9-15)
  • Week Three: Check Your Coverage (September 16-22)
  • Weeks Four: Save for an Emergency (September 23-29) 

Saturday, September 15, is a National Day of Action on which communities are encouraged to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Prepareathon, which motivates people and communities to take action to prepare for and protect themselves against disasters.  Prepareathon events mobilize people to take an active role in protecting themselves, their loved ones, and their communities, with the goal of increasing the number of people who:

  • Understand which disasters could affect their community
  • Know what to do to stay safe
  • Take action to increase preparedness
  • Improve their ability to recover from a disaster

For more information about National Preparedness Month in Wilmington, contact Willie Patrick at 302.576.3915 or email For more information about FEMA’s Prepareathon, visit


News and information from the Office of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki 

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Mobile: (302) 420-7928

Paul Ford Jr. 
Communications Specialist
Mobile: (302) 530-2171

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