Are you ready if the worst happens? Though it's hard to think about, it's really important to prepare for emergencies. As easy as it might be to think, "It'll never happen to me," just a little bit of preparation can make a big difference. Many studies show that people who prepare for disaster well in advance fare much better than those who do not.
You have a great opportunity to get ready during National Preparedness Month. The theme for September 2016 is, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make your Emergency Plan Today.” This year’s events focus on youth, older adults, and those who are challenged with access and functional needs.
Follow NFPA, FEMA, NOAA, the American Red Cross and other national partners each week to learn more about what to do. Every week focuses on a different activity to help you prepare. Start by checking out www.ready.gov/september for resources to share and get the word out about National Preparedness Month. Follow NFPA’s Fire Break and Safety Source blogs this month for all the latest and greatest ideas for emergency preparedness.
Honor the memory of 9/11 during the next week by getting involved in your community and planning with neighbors. NFPA’s Firewise program and wildfire preparedness web pages can help you find great community-level activities.
Individual preparedness is where it all begins. During the week of September 18-24, look for some great new tips and tools for youth, and make sure you are personally prepared. You can use FEMA’s mobile app on your phone to get alerts, tips and more.
The final week of September leads us to America’s PrepareAthon on September 30! It’s a great call to action to end the month, which will find you more ready than ever to face whatever lies ahead.