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 ready.gov to find the information for National Preparedness Month or review the outline below and click through to find specific information.
Week 1: September 1-9
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
- Make an Emergency Plan.
- Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.
- Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
- Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.
- Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.
Week 2: September 10-16
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
- Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive.
- Take Until Help Arrives training.
- Check on your neighbors.
- Talk with your Power Company about utility safety.
- On National Prepareathon Day, Friday, September, 15, hold an event.
Week 3: September 17-23
Practice and Build Out Your Plans
- Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
- Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency
- Participate in an emergency drill
- Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks)
Week 4: September 24-30
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
- Get your campus, business, faith-based organization and community organization prepared for an emergency
- Join Weather Ready Nation
- Sign up for Ready Business Workshop