Preparedness Month


Every September, nationwide, communities practice preparedness for National Preparedness Month. FEMA launched National Preparedness Month in 2004 to encourage preparedness and the Ready Campaign. Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, September was chosen as National Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of preparedness for disasters and emergencies across the county.

How can we individually prepare for disasters and emergencies? We can identify risks and prepare for them. Ask yourself and family members:Build a Kit

        • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
        • What is my shelter plan?
        • What is my evacuation route?
        • What is my household communication plan?
        • Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?


After identifying how you will receive information, where and how you will stay safe, and who to contact make your emergency supply kit. Each household should have an emergency kit which includes:Make a plan

        • Non-perishable food and water for several days
        • Flashlights, radios, batteries, and chargers
        • First aid kit
        • Medications and eyeglasses
        • Important documentation

Your plan and kit should reflect the individuals in your household including children, pets, older adults, and those with access and functional needs. You may want to add comfort items for a child, documentation for your pet, necessary mediations, and a contact list of your pharmacy and doctors’ offices.

Identifying risks, creating a plan, and making a kit are the first steps to preparedness. The second step is practicing your plan. Know and practice two or more evacuation routes from your home. Practice getting to your meeting point and having your kit.


This year’s theme is lasting legacy, highlighting how preparedness now can protect your legacy.

A Lasting Legacy

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