National Preparedness Month
"Don't Waite. Communicate." Video
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM), which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.
Last year’s theme - “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today, - will be returning for this September, with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
August 28-September 3: Kickoff to National Preparedness Month
Get ready to go from awareness to action during National Preparedness Month. #NatlPrep
September 4-10: Preparing Family & Friends
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:
- How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
- How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?
- How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
- How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
- How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?
September 11-17: Preparing Through Service
With proper training and education, civilian volunteers expand the resources available to states and local communities. Many partner organizations offer public education, outreach and training for free.
- Understand the importance of community preparedness.
- Get involved with your community organization or plan with neighbors.
- Highlight local preparedness efforts in your community.
- Celebrate first responders.
- Celebrate emergency-focused organizations who serve communities.
September 18-24: Individual Preparedness
Take individual steps to prepare for a disaster today
- Understand actions you can take to be prepared for emergency
- Be aware of specific needs you may have if an emergency strikes like: medication, power needs, eye classes, devices that you may count on, pet needs, etc.
- Understand safety tips and protective actions you can take before or during a disaster.
Planning ResourcesSeptember 25-30: Lead up to National PrepareAthon Day
America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!
- Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30.
- Add your preparedness activity to www.ready.gov/prepare.
- Encourage others to do a preparedness activity and register it on www.ready.gov/prepare.
- Share images of you and your community doing a preparedness activity.
- Share stories of how being prepared made a difference using #PrepareAthon.