National Preparedness Month: #BringDownBarriers to Emergency Preparedness and Response

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National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote personal, family, and whole community emergency preparedness and planning throughout the year. Join CDC for a webinar on Wednesday, September 15, at 1 p.m. ET.

The webinar will feature presentations by

  • CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response about NPM and the theme of this year’s social media toolkit, #BringDownBarriers.
  • CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities about common barriers to participation experienced by people with disabilities.
  • Georgia Tech’s Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation about how they’ve worked during the COVID-19 response to make sure that guidelines are accessible, culturally appropriate, and relevant to the challenges people with disabilities face during emergency response situations.

CDC encourages leaders who are responsible for the safety of others to attend. This includes community leaders, public health workers, emergency responders, school administrators, managers of assisted living facilities, and workplace safety officers. Closed captioning and an ASL interpreter will be available.


Ethan Riley, MA
Laura Baldwin, MPH
Carolyn Phillips, M.Ed., CPACC
Liz Persaud, BA

Call Materials

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Webinar Details

When: Wednesday September 15, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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Webinar ID: 160 081 4729 (Passcode: 417541)

Webinar participants and viewers will accomplish the following:

  • Describe CDC’s role in the topic covered during the presentation.
  • Describe the topic’s implications for respective constituents.
  • Discuss concerns and issues related to preparedness for and response to urgent public health threats.
  • Identify reliable information resources for the topic.
  • Describe how to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention.
  • Webinar/Audio conference call on 9/01/2021: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set (see Call Materials)

None at this time

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credits for this program.

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