Welcome to National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Ready Campaign, National Preparedness Month (“NPM”) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

Each week in September, the campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities. Here in Week 1 Ready recommends “Make a Plan”. And every plan should involve communications.

Do you have a way of reaching across the community, region or country to let other know you are OK? Well Amateur Radio Operators (“HAMS”) do!

By participating in ham radio, you’ll not only get hours of enjoyment out of the hobby, but also have a proven form of communications if and when the main line infrastructure fails! To learn more about becoming an amateur radio operator, please visit the HRAC Getting Started in Amateur Radio page.

To learn more about National Preparedness Month, please visit the HRAC National Preparedness Month page.