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National Preparedness Month (NPM)

September is National Preparedness Month. 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. Continue to check back for more information to promote 2016 National Preparedness Month.

2016 Theme: Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate” will be returning this September.  National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder that we must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, learn and worship.  Now is the time to talk about being ready and preparing for the unexpected.

2016 Weekly Focused Themes

  • Promote NPM:  August 28-September 3      Kickoff to National Preparedness Month

Find resources to promote NPM at:

  • Week 1:  September 4-10                             Multigenerational Preparedness

Make a family emergency communication plan

  • Week 2:  September 11-17                           Community Service

Get involved in your community & plan with neighbors.

  • Week 3:  September 18-24                           Individual Preparedness

Take individual steps to prepare for a disaster today like downloading the FEMA app.

  • Week 4:  September 25-30                           Lead up to National PrepareAthon Day  

Be counted and register your preparedness event for National PrepareAthon Day!

Social Media Content

Hashtags & Emoji’s

  • #NatlPrep
  • #NPM16
  • #PrepareAthon if you are conducting a preparedness exercise, tabletop discussion, or sharing a preparedness-in-action moment.
  • Feel free to add emoji’s (the little pictures on your mobile phone keyboard) to your social messages.

Graphics, videos, & related links

Check out tips and ideas to promote preparedness content. For more engaging content, attach graphics that are sized appropriately for specific social media posts (i.e. Twitter & Facebook). 

View in FEMA Multimedia Library

Congressional Co-Chairs

  • 2016 co-chairs coming soon

Presidential Proclamation