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Updated: 07/10/2014 06:48:59PM

Are you ready?

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By Dave Nielsen

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September is here— are you ready? September is National Preparedness Month. Really, a month of preparedness is minimally effective, since our hurricane season reaches far into the fall season. Flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados or other natural or man-made disasters can happen at any time. Even boating accidents happen when we least expect it. If a disaster were to hit your neighborhood, would you be prepared?

National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign ( and Citizen Corps ( NPM is held in September and is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.

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