|September is National Preparedness Month|
|By Member Joyce Shry|
|August 28, 2017|
Refer to the Ready.gov website as a resource or download the FEMA application for disaster resources, weather alerts and safety tips.
National Preparedness Month (NPM)
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The goal of the month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action. Throughout September, Homeland Security will work with a wide variety of organizations, including local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to highlight the importance of family emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation.
Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school. It could also confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes. We encourage you to: Make a Plan, Help your Neighbors, Practice and be Informed and Get Involved.
This September, NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You can.”
1) Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
2) Plan to Help your Neighbors and Community
3) Practice and Build Out your Plans
4) Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
Use this opportunity to find ways or help others understand more about preparing for disasters that reduce risks to health and the environment from contamination, leaks, spills, hazardous materials, and other dangers. Disaster can strike at any time of the day, so it's important to have a planned response when you're at work, on vacation or on the road.