by Darren Fishell

September marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month — a joint effort of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Citizen Corps, and the Ad Council — and over 3,100 organizations nationwide have registered to conduct an event or activity centered around emergency preparedness. The joint effort, called the Ready Campaign, promotes organizations working to increase awareness and education about the importance of emergency preparedness and planning. Registration remains open to all public and private organizations looking to participate during the month of September through the online registration form.

For 2010, 13 Maine organizations have registered to host preparedness events or activities. Those organizations are:

  • Lincoln County Emergency Management, Wiscasset ME — Website
  • National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (NPETE), South Portland ME - Website
  • Heart of America Quilt, Winslow ME - Website
  • Insurance Professionals of Greater Portland, Old Orchard Beach ME - Website
  • Remember ME! Media, Brunswick ME - Website
  • Hope Elementary School, Hope ME - Website
  • HS LINKletter, Lisbon Falls ME
  • City of Saco Office of Emergency Management CERT Division, Saco ME - Website
  • Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency, Windham ME - Website
  • Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, Farmington ME - Website
  • Town of York, York ME - Website
  • Waterboro EMA, E Waterboro ME - Website
  • York County Emergency Management Agency, Alfred ME - Website

So far this year, the national total of organizations registered has reached 3,113 organizations, up from 2,700 organizations in 2009. This year will mark the seventh year of the joint effort and is open to all public and private sector organizations. For more detailed information on this year's activities and the goals of the partnership, visit's 2010 NPM site.

Darren Fishell is a VolunteerMaine AmeriCorps*VISTA serving at the United Way of Mid Coast Maine. He is a guest blogger.

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