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NCIL Statement on National Preparedness Month

September is  National Preparedness Month. This promotes the importance of disaster planning in the US. This year’s theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” At the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), we love our members. We continue to put that love into action in many ways this National Preparedness Month:

-Immediately getting money raised this past weekend for our Disaster Relief Fund directly to members that experienced Hurricane Ida.

-Working with member organizations like Kelly’s Kitchen to ensure that we are able to continue to provide direct assistance to members that experienced Hurricane Ida.

-Connecting our members in New Orleans to NCIL partner Booster. Booster brings fuel to people where they are in many places in the US.

-Meeting with partners like FEMA and the American Red Cross to get needed supplies like bottled water and generators to the IL networks in Regions 4 and 6 who are responding to Ida and her aftermath

Supporting the IL network at regional and state levels as they coordinate systems advocacy activities. Activities include Congressional town halls, so people with disabilities can give real-life reasons why we support REAADI/DRMA. You can find out more about NCIL’s work to engage the IL network around these recently reintroduced bills by visiting our REAADI/DRMA page.

We thank the many donors who gave money to our Disaster Relief Fund because of Hurricane Ida. Special thanks to Kelly’s Kitchen, who made a matching gift that will make sure that almost two dozen members will have access to food. Find out more about Kelly’s Kitchen by visiting their website.

NCIL stands with the disability community in September, and every other month, as we face this latest natural disaster during the pandemic. NCIL reminds CILs that NCIL’s disaster response fund available if they need it. Support CILs that have been impacted by natural disasters by selecting “disaster relief fund” from the “select a campaign” drop box on NCIL’s donation page.

Every effort counts.

And, together, we can ensure that our people stay safe and in the community.

Because NCIL wants to do better at making sure that we are inclusive, this statement is written in plain language.