September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month – an annual
campaign encouraging Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies
in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and communities.
The Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Emergency
Preparedness and Coordination (DEPC), is the principle emergency planning
resource for the NIH and responsible for coordinating all NIH resources
essential to emergency planning and preparedness functions. DEPC:
- Develops and issues emergency plans for all NIH
facilities located both on and off campus
- Develops response plans and exercises to test the
adequacy and readiness of the NIH facilities and its people
- Updates and maintains the NIH Continuity of Operations
- Provides emergency communication services through the
AlertNIH notification system
- Manages and coordinates NIH recovery operations during
and following a critical impact
During the month of September, DEPC will have tables
displayed at the following locations:
- Wednesday, September 10: Building 10 South Lobby
(10:00am – 1:00pm)
- Thursday, September 11: Building 31A Lobby (10:00am –
- Wednesday, September 24: 5601 Fishers Lane/NIAID
Building (10:00am – 1:00pm)
These events dates will highlight emergency supply kits,
family emergency planning, AlertNIH, and other important information. Please
stop by to learn more about the topic of emergency preparedness and also learn
more about the services DEPC and other ORS organizations offer. While visiting
the DEPC table, please feel free to enter into a drawing for a special prize.
The drawing will be held on September 25 and the winner will be contacted by
phone or e-mail that same day!
For additional information on National Preparedness
Month, please visit: http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/ser/depc.
If you have any questions, please contact the Division of
Emergency Preparedness and Coordination at 301-496-1985.
Individuals with disabilities who need Sign
Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this
event should contact Steve Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 301-496-1985 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).