September is National Preparedness Month

2016’s theme is Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

September is National Preparedness Month.

The logo for National Preparedness Month 2016.
The logo for National Preparedness Month 2016.

This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets. Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.

Here are some things you can do to get started:

1. View the National Preparedness Month toolkit 

In this toolkit, you will find useful tips on how to promote preparedness by using graphics, videos and text to promote through social media.

2. Check out Weekly Themes

Each week in September will focus on a specific hazard. We will post resources and tips to raise awareness to help you learn more about the hazard.

3. Register for National PrepareAthon! Day 

Continue the momentum by participating in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. Join America’s PrepareAthon! and register your own event or join other activities and events. Go to America’s PrepareAthon! to select your activity.

4. Lead a Group Preparedness Exercise

Comprehensive preparedness requires the whole community to participate and FEMA places tremendous value on communities that embrace a local “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” approach. Neighbors Helping Neighbors empowers community leaders to involve and educate individuals from their community about simple steps one can take to become more prepared.