National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year.
The following resources will help you and your family to “Be Informed”, “Plan Ahead” and “Take Action”.
Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. There are several related links provided to help you learn what to do before, during and after several types of emergency. Here are just a few:
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your areas. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
- Make A Plan – Video
- Family Emergency Communication Plan
- Family Communication Plan Fillable Card
- Emergency Plan for Parents
- Emergency Planning for Pet Owners
- Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
- Download a Disaster Kit Checklist
There are many ways to Get Involved especially before a disaster occurs, the content found on this link will help you find ways to take action in your community. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of trained volunteers and informed individuals taking action to increase support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.
- You Are the Help Until Help Arrives
- Community Emergency Response Team
- Youth Preparedness
- Additional information aimed specifically for children can be found at: Ready Kids
- National Preparedness Month Information in Spanish: Preparados, No Asustados
- National Preparedness Month Information In 12 Languages: Ready.gov in 12 Languages
- American Red Cross: How to Prepare for Emergencies
- Homeland Security: Prepare My Family for a Disaster
- USA Gov: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness