National Preparedness Month
Thu. Sep 3rd 2020

September is National Preparedness Month. We are partnering with FEMA to help share the word on getting the community prepared for any type of disaster. Each week through this month is themed for the different phases of preparedness. National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September.

Week 1-September 1-5: Make a Plan: Make some time to talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus. Ensure that each family member and friend receives and knows the updated information. Don't be afraid to include your out of the area family and friends as well in your family emergency communication plan. Just remember National Fire Prevention Week is around the corner, so get a head start on your fire evacuation plans too. 

Week 2-September 6-12: Build a Kit: Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home, including your pets.  Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control. Suggested guidelines and kit contents can be found at

Week 3-September 13-19 : Prepare for Disaster: Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. Please note that everyone does not need flood insurance and levels of insurance are a family to family case basis. Reach out to your family activity organizations and become familiar with their emergency plans as well. All schools, churches, and community organizations have their own risks and procedures in place. 

Week 4-September 20-26: Teach Youth about Preparedness: Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved. Does not matter your age, everyone can help out in disaster times. 


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