Are You Prepared for an Emergency? National Preparedness Month is the Time to Learn How

Emergency gear including batteries, bottled water, a flashlight, canned food, a first aid kit, and a checklist.

September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

One way to participate is to join America’s PrepareAthon! and plan several preparedness events for your agency throughout the month. Organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, the PrepareAthon! invites communities to kick-off year-round efforts with a wide variety of awareness-raising activities.

Here are some ways to get involved with the PrepareAthon!:

  • Post with hashtags. Make sure to take photos during your preparedness activities and post them, along with a brief description of your event, with #PrepareAthon, #YouthPrep, and #NatlPrep.
  • Hold discussions, drills and exercises. FEMA offers several types of resources for seven different emergencies.  Resources include short briefs, promotional materials, and in-depth planning guides called ‘playbooks.’ In the playbooks you’ll find guidance for ‘tabletop exercises,’ which are opportunities to observe how your plans may play out in a real emergency.
  • Make seasonal preparedness plans. From flood and holiday safety to National Night Out and flu vaccinations, if your organization wants to promote year-round preparedness, FEMA’s National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar is the place to go. Social media toolkits and links to agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will help your agency keep up with commemorative safety days, weeks, and months.

More on Emergency Preparedness

Ready for Anything: A Disaster Planning Manual for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs

Five Must-Haves for Disaster Preparedness at Youth- and Family-Serving Organizations

Free Resources: Supporting Youth and Families During Disasters

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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