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September is National Preparedness Month

September 2019

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September. It’s a great time for families to review preparedness steps. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.” Each week of the month highlights a different preparedness topic:

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Week 1: Save Early for Disaster Costs

Financial readiness is a big part of being able to bounce back if a disaster occurs. Follow these tips to prepare:

Week 2: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

Does everyone in your household know what to do in a fire or flood? This week, make and practice your emergency plan.

  • Make an emergency plan.
  • Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.
  • Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
  • Collect and secure critical documents (such as financial, insurance, medical, and other records) in a safe place so you have documentation to start the recovery process without delay.

Week 3: Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters

Talk to your kids about what to do in a disaster. Would they know what to do if they were not with you? Young people can also be leaders in preparedness:

  • Kids can learn about how to prepare with activities like the Prepare with Pedro Disaster Activity Book and the Ready 2 Help card game on Ready Kids. They can also help their family by helping build a kit or practicing a communication plan.
  • Teens can support and lead through programs like Teen Community Emergency Response Teams (Teen CERT).
  • Educators can bring disaster preparedness into the classroom! Visit Ready.gov/kids/educators for information about Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP), Teen CERT, and more resources for the classroom.
  • This week, FEMA will launch the new Ready Kids website. Ready Kids will have educational resources and activities for young people, families, educators and caregivers. You can find information, programs, curricula, and activities that engage and teach youth and their families to be prepared.

Week 4: Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

Emergency preparedness is a team effort. There are lots of programs that help communities come together to prepare:

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