Update on 2019 National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM), is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters   

2019 Weekly Themes

  • Week 1: Sept 1-7                      Save Early for Disaster Costs

  • Week 2: Sept 8-14                    Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

  • Week 3: Sept 15-21                  Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters

  • Week 4: Sept 22-30                  Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness


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  • #PrepareNow
  • #FloodSmart
  • #YouthPrep
  • #ReadyKids

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Week 1:  Save Early for Disaster Costs  

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Week 2: Make a Plan

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  • Be Prepared. Make an emergency plan today & practice it: www.ready.gov/plan #PrepareNow #NatlPrep

  • Preparing your family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Get started with tips from @Readygov: ready.gov/plan #PrepareNow #NatlPrep

  • It’s important to include kids in the disaster planning process. Review your family emergency plan together so that they know what to do even if you are not there: ready.gov/kids #YouthPrep #PrepareNow #NatlPrep

  • Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep

  • Download a group texting app so your entire circle of family and friends can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency. #NatlPrep #PrepareNow

  • Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more familiar if you need to evacuate in an emergency. #NatlPrep #PrepareNow

  • Be prepared. Get the @fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations, plus disaster resources and safety tips: fema.gov/mobile-app #NatlPrep #PrepareNow.

  • Contact your water and power companies to get on a “priority reconnection service” list of power-dependent customers if you rely on electrical medical equipment. #PrepareNow

  • Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas in your home. ready.gov/safety-skills #PrepareNow #NatlPrep

  • Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water, & meds to last for at least 72 hours: ready.gov/kit #PrepareNow

Week 3: Youth Preparedness

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  • Teach children what to do in an emergency if they are at home or away from home. ready.gov/kids#PrepareNow #NatlPrep #YouthPrep

  • Help your kids know how to communicate during an emergency. Review these topics with them: Sending text message; Emergency contact numbers; Dialing 9-1-1 for help ready.gov/kids #PrepareNow #NatlPrep #YouthPrep

  • Update school records and discuss emergency contact numbers with kids before they go: ready.gov/make-a-plan  #BackToSchool #YouthPrep

  • Add your kids’ school’s social media info to the family communication plan: ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan#YouthPrep #ReadyKids

  • Review your family emergency communications plan with kids at your next household meeting. #YouthPrep #ReadyKids

  • Include your child’s medication or supplies in your family’s emergency kit. More tips visit: ready.gov/kit#YouthPrep #ReadyKids

  • Include your child’s favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster. #YouthPrep

  • Get the kids involved in building their own emergency kit: www.ready.gov/kids/build-a-kit  #YouthPrep #ReadyKids

  • Kids can #BeAForce… by playing the online emergency preparedness “Build a Kit” game: www.ready.gov/kids/games #YouthPrep #ReadyKids

  • Speak Up! Ask your child’s teacher about the plans the school has in place for emergencies. #BacktoSchool #YouthPrep www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Actions-Schools-Are-Taking-to-Make-Themselves-Safer.aspx

  • Your kids can become Disaster Masters with this @Readygov preparedness game: www.ready.gov/kids/games #YouthPrep

  • Are your students prepared for an emergency? Download curriculum for grades 1-12 for your classroom: www.ready.gov/kids/educators #YouthPrep

Week 4: Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

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  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Find your local CERT: https://community.fema.gov/Register/Register_Search_Programs #NatlPrep
  • Learn about the hazards most likely to affect your community and their appropriate responses. #NatlPrep #PrepareNow
  • Every community has voluntary organizations that work during disasters. Visit https://www.nvoad.org to see what organizations are active in your community. #NatlPrep
  • Encourage students to join Teen CERT so they can respond during emergencies. Learn more: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/28048 #YouthPrep
  • Your community needs YOU! Find youth volunteer and training opportunities to help your community here: www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness #YouthPrep #NatlPrep
  • Finding support from friends, family, and community organizations can help kids cope with #disasters. #YouthPrep
  • Take classes in lifesaving skills, such as CPR/AED and first aid, or in emergency response, such as CERT. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other out before and after a storm #HurricanePrep
  • If you have a disability, plan ahead for accessible transportation that you may need for evacuation or getting to a medical clinic. Work with local services, public transportation or paratransit to identify accessible transportation options. ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs #NatlPrep

  • If you have a disability contact your city or county government’s emergency management agency or office. Many keep lists of people with disabilities so they can be helped quickly in a sudden emergency. ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs #NatlPrep

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