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Emergencies happen. Are you ready?

September marks the 10th annual National Preparedness Month – a nationwide, month-long effort sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to encourage everyone to prepare and plan for emergencies.

Across the country, there are a host of free educational events focusing on topics such as CPR training, preparedness outreach, and family safety.

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, experts say the likelihood of another Sandy-like storm hitting New York is small. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, however, there is still a 70% chance for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season to be “above normal.” Predictions cite six to nine hurricane-grade storms, with the potential for three to five of these storms to develop into major hurricanes and threaten coastal cities in the U.S.

Getting informed and spreading awareness to others about how to prepare is a key part of getting ready for hurricane.

FEMA has a comprehensive toolkit full of resources for promoting National Preparedness month. Make sure to review your family emergency plan, check that your emergency kit is stocked, and consider insurance options. Learn more about how to prepare for hurricanes at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.