New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

September is the National Preparedness Month

Although some of us may not "trust" a government agency to be the best source for preparedness information (as FEMA and the National Citizens Corp have fallen under Homeland Security since the Patriot Act), and despite the participation of The Advertising Council, it is still the perfect opportunity for us to stop by any of the events presented in our home towns to see if we can learn something new.

We have to agree with Craig Fugate of FEMA when he says "Disasters can hit any place, any time, so it's essential that we take concrete steps together, now, to ensure a better response later."

So check the current events section in your local paper and plan to take a look at what is offered.


July 28, 2010

No.: HQ-10-146

FEMA News Desk: 202-646-3272

News Release


Seventh annual National Preparedness Month, in September, encourages Americans to take steps to prepare

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that to date more than 1,900 national, regional, tribal, state and local organizations and businesses have pledged their support and joined the 2010 National Preparedness Month (NPM) Coalition. This is approximately 200 more than last year at this time. The registration for the Coalition continues through September.

This September marks the seventh annual NPM. Led by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, NPM is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies.

NPM Coalition members will sponsor events and activities throughout the month highlighting the steps that individuals, families and communities can take to prepare. Ready and The Advertising Council will also introduce new Spanish-language public service advertisements in conjunction with NPM activities. Additionally, the Ready Campaign released a new NPM Widget to help promote the month.

"National Preparedness Month is a great way to get Americans and our communities and businesses to come together in planning and preparing for a disaster," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "Disasters can hit any place, any time, so it's essential that we take concrete steps together, now, to ensure a better response later."

This year, NPM focuses on encouraging all Americans to take active steps toward getting involved and becoming prepared. Preparedness is everyone's responsibility. Americans have to work together as a team to ensure that individuals, families and communities are ready. Individuals are encouraged to: make a family emergency plan; put together an emergency supply kit; be prepared to help your neighbor; and work as a team to keep everyone safe.

National Preparedness Month Coalition membership is open to all public and private sector organizations. Click here to register for membership.

Follow FEMA online at,, and Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

“Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.” W. Edwards Deming

From a 50 Something, soon to be rural homesteading, Prepper ;-}


  1. And on my blog*, I posted my adventure in finally getting around to one of your Week One To-Dos, and what it revealed. (Turns face away, ashamed.) VERY educational!


  2. Oops. Didn't give the link in my blog post. Do you want me to? Not sure my account will let me edit my own posts but I can add it as a comment.

    ADD Pat.


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