This year’s National Preparedness Month theme from FEMA and Ready.gov is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Disasters such as storms, flooding, hurricanes, and fires occur year-round throughout North America, which is why it is so important to be ready. Creating a plan and practicing it with your family, while learning to communicate effectively during chaos will help keep you and your loved ones safe if and when disaster strikes.
Once you have your Emergency Plan created, distribute the plan to every member of your household and also place the plan in easy-to-find locations including your garage, kitchen drawer, and living area. Ready.gov also recommends making contact cards with emergency numbers for each family member. Place the cards in purses, wallets, vehicles, and backpacks.
Another piece of advice is subscribing to local alert services that will notify you with texts/emails regarding bad weather, closed roads, community crises and other emergencies.
Each week during September has a different theme surrounding National Preparedness Month, which you can find on www.ready.gov.
September 1-5 = Flood
September 6-12 = Wildfire
September 13-19 = Hurricane
September 20-26 = Power Outage
September 27-29 = Prepare for National PrepareAthon! Day
September 30 = National PrepareAthon! Day
Official NPM Hashtag is #NatlPrep and #PrepareAthon to post on social media.
We hope these tips for National Preparedness Month keep you and yours safe during September. Please remember to Call Paul if you have any property damage emergency service needs. We’re here to help!