September 2018 – National Preparedness Month

Disasters don’t plan ahead. YOU CAN.

September is National Preparedness Month.  An outline of important themes and action items have been prepared by FEMA to help individuals and families prepare for disasters that may occur in their area. Please review the various themes and find one that you feel you need to work on. If you haven’t created your basic family plan, that is a good place to start. Follow the link below to go to to find the information for National Preparedness Month or review the outline below and click through to find specific information.

Week 1:  September 1-8Make and Practice Your Plan

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  • Make an Emergency Plan
  • Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area
  • Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan

Week 2:  September 9-15-Learn Life Saving Skills

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  • Know basic home maintenance to protect your family and home. Learn how to mitigate your home against flood damage, or protect against the impacts of earthquakes.
  • Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas in your home.
  • Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace them when they are 10 years old.
  • Know the ways to keep your home safe from cooking, heating & electrical fires.
  • On National Day of Action, Saturday, September, 15, hold a preparedness event. Some examples of events might be hosting a CPR class or Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at your business, school, or house of worship; or volunteering with a local disaster response or recovery agency.

Week 3:  Sept 16-22-Check Your Insurance Coverage

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  • Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.
  • Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.

Week 4: Sept 23-30-Save For an Emergency

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  • Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.
  • Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
  • Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency