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National Preparedness Month

/sites/default/files/2020-03/ready_emergency-financial-first-aid-toolkit.pdfNational Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared."

2019 Weekly Themes

Week 1: Sept 1-7                      Save Early for Disaster Costs  Week 2: Sept 8-14                    Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters  Week 3: Sept 15-21                  Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters  Week 4: Sept 22-30                  Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

  • Week 1: Sept 1-7                      Save Early for Disaster Costs

  • Week 2: Sept 8-14                    Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

  • Week 3: Sept 15-21                  Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters

  • Week 4: Sept 22-30                  Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness


  • #BeReady

  • #PreparedNotScared

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2019 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chairs

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Week 1:  Save Early for Disaster Costs  

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  • Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Learn more about flood insurance at #FloodSmart #PreparedNotScared

  • #PrepareNow. Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help you quickly file an insurance claim after a flood. #BeReady

  • Start talking with your children early about money. Include kids in discussions about saving for a disaster. Get ideas for how to involve them at  #YouthPrep #PreparedNotScared

  • 30 Days: The number of days it takes for most flood insurance policies to go into effect. Don’t wait until it’s too late! For more information vist: #PrepareNow #BeReady

  • Are you financially prepared for a natural disaster? Learn how to make a plan with @CFPB’s tips: #BeReady

  • What important documents should you have for an emergency? Download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit, which will walk you through the planning process: #PreparedNotScared

  • Plan ahead: how will you pay your bills if a disaster strikes? #PrepareNow with the help of these tips and free resources: #BeReady

  • According to the Federal Reserve, 40% of Americans don't have $400 in savings.  What will you do if there is a disaster!  Learn tips to become more financially prepared: #PreparedNotScared

  • Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies, since ATMs and credit card readers won’t always be available. Cash can help pay for immediate expenses like lodging, food and gas. Learn more: #BeReady

  • Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into your savings account. Find more tips to help you manage your money to be prepared for the unexpected: #BeReady

Week 2: Make a Plan

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  • Be Prepared. Make an emergency plan today & practice it: #BeReady

  • Preparing your family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Get started today: #PreparedNotScared

  • It’s important to include kids in the disaster planning process. Review your family emergency plan together so that they know what to do even if you are not there: #YouthPrep #BeReady

  • Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.  #BeReady

  • Download a group texting app so your entire circle of family and friends can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.  #PreparedNotScared

  • Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more familiar if you need to evacuate in an emergency.  #PrepareNow

  • Be prepared. Get the @fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations, plus disaster resources and safety tips: #BeReady

  • Contact your water and power companies to get on a “priority reconnection service” list of power-dependent customers if you rely on electrical medical equipment. #PrepareNow

  • Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas in your home. #PreparedNotScared #BeReady

  • Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water, & meds to last for at least 72 hours: #BeReady

Week 3: Youth Preparedness

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Week 4: Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

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  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Find your local CERT: #BeReady
  • Learn about the hazards most likely to affect your community and their appropriate responses. #BeReady
  • Every community has voluntary organizations that work during disasters. Visit to see what organizations are active in your community. #BeReady
  • Encourage students to join Teen CERT so they can respond during emergencies. Learn more: #YouthPrep
  • Your community needs YOU! Find youth volunteer and training opportunities to help your community here: #YouthPrep #BeReady
  • Finding support from friends, family, and community organizations can help kids cope with #disasters. #YouthPrep
  • Take classes in lifesaving skills, such as CPR/AED and first aid, or in emergency response, such as CERT. #PrepareNow #BeReady
  • Check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other out before and after a storm  #BeReady
  • If you have a disability, plan ahead for accessible transportation that you may need for evacuation or getting to a medical clinic. Work with local services, public transportation or paratransit to identify accessible transportation options. #BeReady

  • If you have a disability contact your city or county government’s emergency management agency or office. Many keep lists of people with disabilities so they can be helped quickly in a sudden emergency.  #BeReady

Last Updated: 04/08/2020