The preparedness theme for 2021 is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
Each September we set aside some time to think about preparedness and what it means for our families. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that disasters are getting worse and seem to be coming one on top of the other. Therefore, this year’s theme for National Preparedness Month, brought to you by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is to “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” Being ready for disaster, knowing where to go, who to call and most importantly, what assistance and funds you are eligible for, will make the difference between surviving and recovering.
Each week we will focus on a different theme:
Week #1 - Making a plan
Week #2 - Building a kit
Week #3 - Preparing for disasters
Week #4 - Teaching youth about preparedness
Week One September 1 - 4: Make A Plan
Now is the time to create an emergency plan that addresses what your family will do in various situations. Examples include:
How will you communicate if cell phones are not working or the power is out?
Where will you go if you need to evacuate, whether that be out of your home or out of your community?
Be sure to adjust these plans to fit the current COVID environment.
Build an emergency supply kit that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don't forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Add items your kits for COVID-19 including masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.
Week Three September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
The best way to limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family is to know the risk of disaster in your area and check your insurance coverage. You can also learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Finally, act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
Week Four September 19 - 25: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved. Examples include putting them in charge of tracking the expiration dates in emergency supply kit or checking the outside areas for loose items during a severe thunderstorm watch/ warning.