National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year.

The following resources will help you and your family to “Be Informed”, “Plan Ahead” and “Take Action”.

Be Informed

Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alertsand where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate.  There are several related links provided to help you learn what to do before, during and after several types of emergency.  Here are just a few:

Plan Ahead

Make a plan today.  Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your areas.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.  Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Take Action

There are many ways to Get Involved especially before a disaster occurs, the content found on this link will help you find ways to take action in your community.  Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of trained volunteers and informed individuals taking action to increase support of emergency response agencies during disasters.  Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.

Other Resources:

Additional information aimed specifically for children can be found at: Ready Kids

National Preparedness Month Information in Spanish: Preparados, No Asustados

National Preparedness Month Information In 12 Languages: in 12 Languages

American Red Cross: How to Prepare for Emergencies

Homeland Security: Prepare My Family for a Disaster

USA Gov: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness