National Preparedness Month takes place each September as a way to promote family and community disaster planning. This year’s theme is: Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.
We encourage you to participate by taking small actions each week throughout the month to help your family stay prepared all year long.
Ready.gov has outlined the following activities for National Preparedness Month:
Week 1 (September 1-5): Make a Plan. Discuss how you will communicate with family, friends and neighbors before, during and after a disaster. Build your plan specific to your family’s needs, which may include planning for individuals with disabilities.
Week 2 (September 6-12): Build A Kit. Stock your emergency kit with at least three days of food, water, medications and first aid supplies for each family member and pet. Other emergency kit items may include a waterproof flashlight, batteries, cash, a whistle, device chargers and comfort items for children.
Week 3 (September 13-19): Prepare for Disasters. Research the risk of disasters in your area and sign up for emergency alerts. Take steps to prepare your home for common hazards (e.g. strong winds or flooding). And make sure all family members know where to go if you need to evacuate quickly.
Week 4 (September 20-26): Teach Youth About Preparedness. Review your emergency plan with your children. And then practice the plan frequently. Discuss what your child should do if you become separated during a disaster.
Keep in mind that you may have to deal with COVID-19 while experiencing a natural disaster at the same time. So, be sure to update your disaster plan based on the latest coronavirus recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.
For example, consider adding extra face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to your emergency kit.
Check out these additional preparedness resources from Ready.gov which can be used for personal use or distributed to your students if you’re an Instructor or Training Center.
Additionally, we believe one of the best ways to be prepared is to ensure all family members are trained in lifesaving skills. CPR, AED and First Aid training is now available in-person or remotely, making it convenient for all schedules and learning preferences.
To get certified, find a CPR, AED and First Aid class near you.