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Plan Ahead for Disasters

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National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year.

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Hurricanes

Prepare for hurricanes now. Know where to go if asked to evacuate quickly and how you and your family will get there.

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Storm Surge

Flooding is the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States.

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Severe Weather

Severe weather can happen anytime. Know your risks and plan ahead.

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Extreme Heat

Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits.

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Make and Practice Your Plan

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. Make an emergency plan today & practice it.

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Financial Preparedness

Protect your family by financially preparing before an emergency strikes.

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Get Involved

Get involved in your community by taking action with FEMA’s citizen responder programming to help your community become prepared.

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Thunderstorms & Lightning

Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Learn what to do before, during and after.

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Flooding

If you approach a flooded road or walkway, follow this rule: turn around, don't drown!

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Power Outages

Have alternative charging methods for your phone in case of power outages.

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Tornadoes

Know what to do before, during and after a tornado.

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