*NEW* National Preparedness Month 2020

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September. We have added graphics from Department of Homeland Security, National Weather Service, and American Red Cross for you to download and share with your community on Neighbors

Here is a suggested schedule that you can follow to keep your community prepared all month long:

Week 1, September 1-5: Make a Plan

Week 2, September 6-12: Build a Kit

Week 3, September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters

Week 4, September 20-26: Be Informed

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Make a Plan 

Make a Plan

Sample Description:
"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 area" (Source: Department of Homeland Security)


Make a Plan, Don't Delay!

Sample Description:
"NOW is the time to be vigilant and be prepared. Don't wait until disaster strikes to check your emergency kits and make a plan with your family. Don't delay, prepare today!" (Source: Red Cross)


Develop an Evacuation Plan

"Sample Description:
As hurricane season approaches, listen to local officials on questions related to how you may need to adjust any evacuation plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials." (Source: National Weather Service)


Make a Fire Escape Plan

Sample Message:
"If a fire strikes your home, would you know what to do? Would your family members? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2014 there were an estimated 367,000 reported home structure fires in the U.S. with 2,745 associated civilian deaths. It’s important for every home to have a clearly communicated escape plan to avoid tragic loss of life in the event of fire." (Source: National Fire Protection Association)


Build a Kit

Build a Kit

Sample Message:
"Be fully prepared for this hurricane season by updating your emergency preparedness kit. Make sure to add items needed by all family members:
- Food & Water
- Cash
- Medication
- Pet supplies
- Important Documents"
(Source: Department of Homeland Security)


Be Ready for Disasters During Coronavirus

Sample Message:
"Make sure to update your emergency kit amidst the pandemic. Face coverings and disinfectants are a must during COVID-19." (Source: Department of Homeland Security)


Assemble Disaster Supplies

 Sample Message:
"You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of three days. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You may need a portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones." (Source: National Weather Service)


Prepare for Disasters

Prepare Now for Future Disasters

Sample Message:
"We all know that emergencies don't stop even during a pandemic, which is why it’s important to be prepared. Storms, fires, and other disasters must be considered. Be read for what may come by preparing now." (Source: Red Cross)



How to Prepare for Storms

Sample Message:
"Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations. Find a local emergency shelter. Follow evacuation orders and don’t return until officials say it is safe." (Source: Red Cross)


Be Ready for Hurricane Season

Sample Message:
"Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season." (source: National Weather Service)


Wildfire Evacuation Prep

Sample Message:
"Wildfires can spread quickly, leaving you little time to prepare for evacuations. If possible, make sure you get your home ready now." (Source: Red Cross)


Be Informed

Be informed

Sample Message:
"Be informed about what kind of natural disasters might occur where you work, live or visit. Contact your local emergency manager to find out how you can prepare in your area." (Source: Department of Homeland Security)


Follow Guidance from Local Authorities

Sample Message:
"Disaster preparation will be different this year because of COVID-19. Plan ahead and sign up for notifications from your local authorities." (Source: Department of Homeland Security)


3 Ways to Find a Red Cross Shelter

Sample Message:
"Anyone who needs a safe place to go can find open Red Cross shelters at redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. If heading to a shelter, people should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, other comfort items and important documents." (Source: Red Cross)





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