National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month
To emphasize emergency preparation and to encourage you to practice it in your homes, at work, and in schools, DHS each year sponsors National Preparedness Month, in September.  This year's theme is "A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare."  Now is the time for you and your family to prepare.   To develop your own emergency plan, visit www.ready.gov, where you'll learn how to:  * Get a kit.  http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html  * Make a plan. http://www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan/index.html  * Stay informed. http://www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/index.html     The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extensive information on preparing for all types of natural disasters.  Visit http://www.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm         To get involved in your community's preparedness efforts, visit www.citizencorps.gov.    How do I prepare if I or someone in my family has a disability?  There are numerous resources that provide guidance, such as:   * http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/disabled.html   * http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/specialplans.shtm     Being disaster-ready is more than just knowing what to do in case of a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, flood, or wildfire.  It's also about preparing a 72-hour disaster supply kit for your home; keeping an emergency kit at work; keeping emergency supplies in your car; developing and practicing an emergency plan for your family; understanding your community's warning systems and evacuation routes; knowing who to contact in your community for more information; and how to get involved.


Return to News Archive

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.