National Preparedness Month 2016

National Preparedness Month is a time to brush up on your preparedness for emergencies. It’s almost the end of September but it’s not too late! This year’s theme is focusing on the ways in which you should be prepared for any number of emergencies. Following the hashtag #NatlPrep will allow you to keep up with tips all month long.

Ready.gov is encouraging us to focus on all aspects of readiness including preparing family and friends, preparing through service and individual preparedness. This month is a great time to start conversations with friends and family, get involved with your community and evaluate your personal level of preparedness. Also, it’s a great time to thank the people in your community who help respond to emergencies on the front line.

The whole month leads up to the National Day of Action on September 30. Set aside some time on that day to participate in one of these activities. Your community might be having an event, or you could plan one with the people you care about. Preparedness is a general term and a huge undertaking, but the resources this month can really help you out! There is still a focus on last year’s theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

10 Ways to Participate from Fema.gov

There are many easy and affordable ways for families, organizations, and communities to take action to be prepared for emergencies, including:

  1. Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts;
  2. Develop and test emergency communication plans;
  3. Assemble or update emergency supplies;
  4. Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions;
  5. Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class;
  6. Collect and safeguard critical documents;
  7. Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards;
  8. Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage (mitigation);
  9. Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization; and
  10. Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.

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