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National Preparedness Month

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National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. 

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Announces 2024 National Preparedness Month Focus

This September, Ready Campaign’s 2024 National Preparedness Month will focus on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell highlights why it is important for this diverse community to prepare for disasters and build resilience before disaster strikes.

In 2021, FEMA’s Ready Campaign and the Ad Council broke ground by producing the first-ever national preparedness campaign specifically targeting the Latino community for National Preparedness Month. Released during Hispanic Heritage month, the advertisements centered around the Latino community’s commitment to personal planning for occasions and family milestones as a bridge to also planning for disasters.

In 2022, to continue these efforts, the National Preparedness Month campaign featured a call to action for the Black and African American community.

The 2023 Ready Campaign focused on Older Adults.

2023 Theme: Take Control in 1, 2, 3

The Ready Campaign’s 2023 National Preparedness Month theme was “Take Control in 1, 2, 3”. The campaign will focus on preparing older adults for disasters, specifically older adults from communities that are disproportionally impacted by the all-hazard events, which continue to threaten the nation.

We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the multitude of extreme weather events and emergencies we now face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, or live in rural areas.

Emergency managers and all those who work with and support older adult communities to access the new webpage available in English and Spanish languages at Ready.gov/older-adults and Ready.gov/es/adultos-mayores. For more information on preparing with disabilities visit Ready.gov/disability or Ready.gov/es/discapacidad in Spanish.


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2022 Theme: A Lasting Legacy

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The life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.

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2021 Theme: Prepare to Protect

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Making a plan to prepare for disasters is the best way to protect your family.


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Last Updated: 05/29/2024

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