Monthly Motivation: National Preparedness Month

NPM15_logo_v6Final-nationalSeptember is National Preparedness Month, a month dedicated to planning for disasters and emergencies. This year, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are asking people to make a plan now, for anything that might happen in the future. They suggest making plans with your community, your family, and for your pets. Plans can include what to do, how to stay safe, and how to communicate during a crisis. The months ends with National PrepareAthon! Day, on September 30. 

The Ready campaign offers resources like plans and plan templates, hazard education, and supplies and documents for families that want to participate in preparedness activities. Explore their website to find out more about getting ready and National Preparedness Month.

CE Today: September 9 — Congress Names the USA

USA_flagThe United States of America was not always know by its current name. Originally, people referred to nation as the “United Colonies.” On Sept. 9, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declared the new nation to be states instead of colonies. The declaration read:

“That in all continental commissions, and other instruments, where, heretofore, the words ‘United Colonies have been used, the stile be altered for the future to the ‘United States.'”

The Declaration of Independence actually refers to the “United Colonies,” though it does state that they are “free and independent States….” By September, that document had been drafted, signed, printed, and sent to Great Britain. Declaring themselves the United States of America was a way to emphasize the country’s independence: a new name for a new nation.