National Preparedness, Substance Abuse Recovery Recognized in September

Refresh your awareness of emergency planning, EAPs, addiction and more

By Rena Gorlin September 13, 2018

​Every September, two national observances call attention to issues that effective HR professionals already know are important; use this month to put your knowledge into practice.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month was established in 2004 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to educate the public about how to prepare for, respond to and survive natural or man-made disasters—including fires, hurricanes, heat waves, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, epidemics, active shooters, terror threats, power failures and hazardous spills.

FEMA's website,, provides a wealth of information, including business-specific toolkits and videos, on how to stay safe, plan ahead and take action in the event of a disaster.

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National Recovery Month 

National Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to promote understanding of mental and substance-use disorders; to spread awareness of the benefits and availability of prevention and treatment programs, services and facilities; and to laud the efforts of providers and those in recovery.

The observance began in 1989 as Treatment Works Month. In 1998 it became National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Recovery Month, and in 2011 it evolved into Recovery Month, encompassing all aspects of behavioral health—including alcohol dependence, drug addiction, opioid and prescription-drug abuse, suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bullying, depression, ending mental illness stigma, and a wide range of related issues.

SHRM is listed on the SAMHSA website as a provider of resources on employee assistance. 

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Rena Gorlin, J.D., is an independent writer and editor in Washington, D.C.



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