September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), an annual opportunity for families and communities to help raise awareness and take steps to be better prepared for emergencies. The theme this year is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”
“COVID-19 has reminded us all of the need to prepare for disasters, whatever they may be,” Homeland Security Manager Thomas Hardesty said. “National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity to consider emergency risks and take steps to ensure that we are ready individually so that our community can be stronger and more resilient.”
As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be prepared. Each week throughout September focuses on a different aspect of emergency preparedness with the following recommendations:
Week 1, Sept. 1 – 5: Make a Plan. 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 and Prevention recommendations due to the coronavirus.
Week 2, Sept. 6-12: Build A Kit. Gather supplies to last for several days after a disaster for everyone in your home. Consider the unique needs each person or pet if you must leave quickly.
Week 3, Sept. 13-19: Prepare for Disasters. 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.
Week 4, Sept. 20-26: Teach Youth About Preparedness. Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do if you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
“Being prepared is one of the most important actions we can take against disaster,” Hardesty said. “The recommendations for this year’s NPM will allow our residents to be prepared not only against COVID-19, but many other types of emergencies.”
For more information about how to be ready for emergencies visit Ready.gov, the Spanish site at Listo.gov and the free FEMA app. Learn more about National Preparedness Month by visiting Ready.gov/September.
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