It is Week 2 of National Preparedness Month. The theme for this week is “Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community.” Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast. Emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. FEMA places tremendous value on communities that embrace a local “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” approach. NFPA, which has joined forces with FEMA for National Preparedness Month, has a number of resources communities can use. Invite family, friends, and neighbors to learn about escape planning using the Plan Your Home Fire Escape mini-lesson. The mini-lesson provides a step-by-step approach to addressing the topic. You can cap off the mini-lesson by having everyone review and complete the emergency plan cards, the emergency plan form, and the emergency checklist in NFPA’s Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster toolkit. National Preparedness Month is when focus is given to taking steps to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses, schools and communities. The 2017 theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You can.” Each week of PrepareAthon has its own theme.