September’s National Preparedness Month overlaps with Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15 to October 15 each year. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. It began as a weeklong celebration in 1968, expanding to a month 20 years later.
For the first time, FEMA’s Ready campaign is launching a series of public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to encourage preparedness in the Hispanic Community. Look for the Ad Council’s PSAs starting in mid-September, the peak of wildfire and hurricane seasons.
To help meet the needs of the country’s growing Spanish-speaking population, FEMA has many resources translated into Spanish. Did you know portions of FEMA’s website are also available in Spanish? Check it out at https://www.fema.gov/es.
Then take a look at some of FEMA’s other resources in Spanish:
- Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to help you organize your financial documents so they’re handy in an emergency
- Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs video course helps community-based organizations be ready for and function during disasters
- Community Emergency Response Team materials, such as the CERT Participant Manual and Instructor Guide
- Prepare with Pedro Disaster Preparedness Activity Book, which provides kids with fun and games as they learn about staying safe in emergencies with Pedro the Penguin
¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
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