FEMA's National Preparedness Coalition exceeds 23,000 members

The Federal Emergency Agency announced on Tuesday that its National Preparedness Coalition, a group that brings together emergency management professionals, government agencies and first responders, recently passed 23,000 members.

The NPC was established following the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. FEMA's intent with the group was to allow for collaboration and communication on issues related to emergency management and community preparedness, Examiner reports.

The 23,823 members of the NPC include military partners, local governments, schools, faith-based organizations, businesses, child care centers, colleges and universities, and community emergency response teams. FEMA encourages families and individuals to join the coalition to get involved. Membership in the coalition is voluntary and free.

Members of the NPC can become involved in regional discussions and connect with other coalition members nearby, learn from and share best practices with other members from around the nation, and search for preparedness events near their community. One upcoming NPC event includes the St. Lawrence County Preparedness Expo in May in St. Lawrence County, New York.

FEMA administers the NPC through its Ready.gov website. The organization advises residents of the U.S. to be informed, make a plan, build a kit and get involved. The coalition is within FEMA's get involved guidelines, Examiner reports.