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September is National Preparedness Month

Each September, National Preparedness Month encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. This month, help raise awareness about preparing for unexpected emergencies. This campaign in supported by various large government agencies and both public and private health institutions.

Ways to Prepare

There are many steps you can take to better prepare your business for disaster or emergencies. Consider taking actions with these tips:

  • Sign up for mobile alerts and warnings

  • Know evacuation routes

  • Practice emergency drills

  • Assemble or update medical supplies

  • Test family/business communication plan

Make a Plan

The United States Government offers education tools to help individuals prepare for disaster. The actions that are recommended are as follows:

  • Discuss important questions with family, friends, and the household. Some topics may include evacuation routes, communication plans, and shelter plans.

  • Consider specific needs in your household. Keep in mind some factors such as the different ages of members within your household, medical needs including prescriptions and equipment, and dietary needs.

  • Fill out a Family Emergency Plan. You can use this as a guide or create your own.

  • Finally, practice the plan with your family and household.

Get Involved

Learn how you can help your community before, during, and after a disaster or emergency.

  • Volunteer and Donate. During a disaster, communities depend heavily on local and national volunteer organizations to provide trained volunteers and much-needed donated supplies.

  • Train and Educate. Help save countless lives by taking actions to prepare your community. FEMA offers free training and education tools to train yourself and others on the best ways to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster or emergency.

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