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September 2016


National Preparedness Month

President Obama has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. In his proclamation, President Obama states that “during National Preparedness Month, we emphasize the importance of readying ourselves and our communities to be resilient in the face of any emergency we may encounter.”

OVC—in coordination with the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance and the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism— released an innovative electronic toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources, that can help communities prepare for emergencies.

Learn more and view resources for National Preparedness Month.

  Mass Violence Toolkit

Safety for College & University Students

In order to bring attention to the issue of safety on campus, colleges and universities across the U.S. have recognized September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. The law enforcement, mental health, student affairs, school administration, and legal professionals charged with identifying, assessing, and managing violence risk at colleges and universities throughout the United States provide an incredible service under unique and often challenging circumstances.

Learn more about resources on promoting safety on campus and serving victims of campus crime.

  Fact Sheets

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is commemorated annually from September 15 – October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

During this month, OVC highlights our Recursos en Español (Spanish Resources) page which contains information on how victims can find help, resources to assist Spanish-speaking victims of crime, and links to other Spanish language websites.

Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month.