National Preparedness Month 2018
National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.
The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.
Week 1: September 1-8- Make and Practice Your Plan
Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area
Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan
Week 2: September 9-15-Learn Life Saving Skills
Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas in your home.
Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace them when they are 10 years old.
Know the ways to keep your home safe from cooking, heating & electrical fires.
On National Day of Action, Saturday, September, 15, hold a preparedness event. Some examples of events might be hosting a CPR class or Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at your business, school, or house of worship; or volunteering with a local disaster response or recovery agency.
Week 3: Sept 16-22-Check Your Coverage
Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.
Week 4: Sept 23-30-Save For an Emergency
Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.
Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency