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September 1 was the beginning of National Preparedness Month (NPM), which seeks to encourage communities and business across the US to prepare for all types of emergencies and disasters. This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is ‘Disasters Don’t Wait Make Your Plan Today’ and weekly themes will focus on individuals, businesses, communities, and others:

  • Week 1: Sept. 1-5 -  Know how to prepare for disasters that include how you will communicate with family and friends during disasters, reviewing insurance papers, and much more. 
  • Week 2: Sept. 6-12 - Build A KitYou’ll need items to survive during a disaster that includes supplies you may need at home as well as a go kit of items you may need if you must evacuate quickly to a safer location. 
  • Week 3: Sept. 13-19 - Prepare for DisastersFind out the best way to limit the impacts a disaster may have, like having the right insurance coverage or what can you do to your home to make it stronger and more resilient.
  • Week 4: Sept. 20-26 - Teach Youth About PreparednessTake the time now and talk with your children to reassure them. Teach them lessons on preparedness. Make family preparedness a fun annual event. 

“Preparedness starts with everyone, and National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity to talk about the risks your community faces and how you can prepare for them before a disaster occurs,” said MaryAnn Tierney, regional administrator, FEMA Region 3. “Save early, make a plan, involve youth, and get involved to help make your communities more resilient. This month, take these steps to help make your family and community stronger before the next disaster strikes.”

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