2018 Theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
September is National Preparedness Month, which encourages Americans to prepare for any type of disaster at home, in the office, and in the community. The campaign is led by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and it is sponsored by Ready Campaign. This years theme for planning is: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
When a disaster strikes, oftentimes the community is the first to respond before professional help arrives. It is important to be prepared ahead of time and have a plan ready to go before a devastation hits. We encourage you to take the time to learn life-saving skills such as CPR and first aid. Be sure to have all the necessary supplies to perform these skills such as a trauma first aid kit, a bleeding control kit, an emergency preparedness kit, and an incident management kit. Also, make sure you know what the proper steps are in an emergency such as boarding up windows or turning off the gas and water. It is also a good idea to go over your insurance policies and make sure you are covered when it comes to disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. This way there are no big surprises when it comes to the cost of the aftermath.
2018 Weekly Themes:
- Week 1: Sept 1-8 Make and Practice Your Plan
- Week 2: Sept 9-15* Learn Life Saving Skills
- Week 3: Sept 16-22 Check Your Coverage
- Week 4: Sept 23-29 Save For an Emergency
September 15 is a National Day of Action
Read more about National Preparedness Month at Ready.Gov. You can also find some helpful resources on preparation tips here!