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51st CES wraps up National Preparedness Month

The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management office recognized National Preparedness Month at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, September 2018. In the United States, National Preparedness Month is recognized annually to highlight the importance of always being prepared year-round before a disaster occurs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management office recognized National Preparedness Month at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, September 2018. In the United States, National Preparedness Month is recognized annually to highlight the importance of always being prepared year-round before a disaster occurs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Montgomery, far right, emergency manager with the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management office, informs Osan personnel about the importance of being prepared for natural disasters at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2018. Emergency management personnel set up booths around the base to recognize National Preparedness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Montgomery, far right, emergency manager with the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management office, informs Osan personnel about the importance of being prepared for natural disasters at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2018. Emergency management personnel set up booths around the base to recognize National Preparedness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Cheatum, emergency manager with the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management office, sets up a booth as part of National Preparedness Month at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2018. The booth, in conjunction with the Mustang Challenge relay, was organized by emergency management and Osan Red Cross to highlight the importance of being prepared for any disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Cheatum, emergency manager with the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management office, sets up a booth as part of National Preparedness Month at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 14, 2018. The booth, in conjunction with the Mustang Challenge relay, was organized by emergency management and Osan Red Cross to highlight the importance of being prepared for any disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

Republic of Korea Air Force personnel wind a crank radio for energy during the Mustang Challenge relay at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The event, held during the annual base-wide Osan Cup competition, focused on teams completing various stations highlighting disaster preparedness skills such as the crank radio, which can be used to gain information via radio when there is no electricity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

Republic of Korea Air Force personnel wind a crank radio for energy during the Mustang Challenge relay at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The event, held during the annual base-wide Osan Cup competition, focused on teams completing various stations highlighting disaster preparedness skills such as the crank radio, which can be used to gain information via radio when there is no electricity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

Republic of Korea Air Force personnel run to the next station during the Mustang Challenge relay at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The relay was held in recognition of National Preparedness Month, which is recognized in the U.S. to highlight the importance of always being prepared before a disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

Republic of Korea Air Force personnel run to the next station during the Mustang Challenge relay at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The relay was held in recognition of National Preparedness Month, which is recognized in the U.S. to highlight the importance of always being prepared before a disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Army personnel with the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade build a tent during the Mustang Challenge at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. As part of National Preparedness Month, the relay was held to help Team Osan focus on skills needed during a disaster such as CPR and tent building.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Army personnel with the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade build a tent during the Mustang Challenge at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. As part of National Preparedness Month, the relay was held to help Team Osan focus on skills needed during a disaster such as CPR and tent building. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Army Pfc. Nash Strickland, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade patriot launcher operator maintainer, performs CPR on a medical dummy during the Mustang Challenge at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The challenge was held to recognize National Preparedness Month, held annually in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Army Pfc. Nash Strickland, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade patriot launcher operator maintainer, performs CPR on a medical dummy during the Mustang Challenge at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The challenge was held to recognize National Preparedness Month, held annually in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Air Force 25th Fighter Squadron personnel, left, compete with U.S. Army 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade personnel to fill a water cooler during the Mustang Challenge relay at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The 1.7-mile relay was a combined idea from 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management and Osan Red Cross, where teams ran a six-station course focusing on disaster preparation skills.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Air Force 25th Fighter Squadron personnel, left, compete with U.S. Army 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade personnel to fill a water cooler during the Mustang Challenge relay at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The 1.7-mile relay was a combined idea from 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management and Osan Red Cross, where teams ran a six-station course focusing on disaster preparation skills.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kierra Walker-Smith, far right, personnelist with the 51st Force Support Squadron, asks questions to 25th Fighter Squadron personnel during the Mustang Challenge at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The challenge was a 1.7-mile relay where Osan personnel competed to complete CPR, tent building and other stations for the fastest time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kierra Walker-Smith, far right, personnelist with the 51st Force Support Squadron, asks questions to 25th Fighter Squadron personnel during the Mustang Challenge at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 27, 2018. The challenge was a 1.7-mile relay where Osan personnel competed to complete CPR, tent building and other stations for the fastest time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Tyler)

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Each September, National Preparedness Month is recognized to help individuals prepare themselves and their families for any disaster that may take place, such as floods, earthquakes and tornados.

This year, with the theme Disasters Happen – Prepare Now, Learn How, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management personnel worked with Osan Red Cross personnel to inform Team Osan about the importance of preparing for any disaster at any time with events held throughout the month.

“September was chosen as National Preparedness Month, as the tragedies of September 11, 2001 highlighted to the nation the importance of being prepared,” said Senior Airman Christopher Montgomery, emergency manager with the emergency management office. “National Preparedness Month is very significant because it provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year from unexpected hazards in the world.”

Montgomery and his team set up boots to inform the base about disasters and also planned a 1.7-mile relay known as the Mustang Challenge, which they incorporated in the annual base wide Osan Cup competition.  

This year, the relay was only offered to military members, but emergency management and the Red Cross hope to hold the Mustang Challenge sometime next year and open it up to all members of Osan, including dependents and base civilians.

“The relay was a combined idea from emergency management and Red Cross, where teams of three to five run a course composed of seven stations focusing on disaster preparation skills. Some of the stations teams will encounter on the relay include CPR, building a tent, and preparing a NEO kit, just to name a few,” said Montgomery. “We incorporated this competitive relay to remind members that not only should you be mentally balanced, but physically prepared as well.”    

According to emergency management, it’s crucial for everyone to share and exercise best-practiced skills with all individuals who could be potentially involved in catastrophic disasters or incidents.

“We are hoping everyone will be engaged to take time to learn or refresh lifesaving skills – such as CPR, first aid, checking their insurance policies and coverage for the hazards they may face, such as typhoons, earthquakes, and floods,” said Montgomery. “We encourage all members to take the steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, workplaces, schools, and communities - to be ready at all costs.”