Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), September’s designation as National Preparedness Month was put in place in 2004 to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. FEMA campaigns each September to educate Americans on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
It’s critically important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural and human-caused disasters can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere.
The devastating floods, hurricanes, and wildfires of last year and so far this year have reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters.
Here are 13 Ways to Prepare:
- Sign up for local alerts and warnings.
- Create your emergency plan and test it.
- Find the water and gas valves for your home and learn how to shut off.
- Assemble or update your disaster kit.
- Learn life-saving skills such as CPR and first aid.
- Conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions for local hazards.
- Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
- Collect and safeguard critical documents.
- Document your property and obtain appropriate insurance for hazards that may occur near your home.
- Make improvements to your home to reduce potential injury or property damage.
- Conduct a disaster exercise to review and improve your emergency plan.
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
- Contact our agency to review your insurance policies and coverage for hazards you may face such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and wildfires.
Emergencies can happen at any time and in any place. Follow these tips to make sure you’re prepared for whatever happens!