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September is National Preparedness Month

Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.

National Preparedness Month is an observance every September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) suggests the following aspects of preparedness for individuals, families and communities:

  • MAKE A PLAN – Talk to your family and friends about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster.
  • BUILD A KIT – Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs of each person in case of emergency evacuations. Remember your pets too!
  • LOW-COST, NO-COST PREPAREDNESS – Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family and know the risks of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and check your home owner’s insurance to make sure it is up-to-date.
  • 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.
For more information about emergency preparedness and planning visit https://www.ready.gov/september