September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM).

Now in its10th year, NPM is managed and sponsored by FEMA's Ready Campaign.

FEMA has a National Preparedness Community that you can join.

FEMA has supplied a toolkit  TOOLKIT of marketing materials that you can use in your outreach and education activities, including social media resources, draft proclamations and other useful preparedness information on NPM activities.  The toolkit and contain many more ideas on how to promote NPM.  It's a wealth of free content for your use.

NPM will be a major media campaign in September. Look for it in your local and national news. During September, FEMA will unveil new PSAs, conduct media interviews, and lead a social media push.

Additional NOAA/NWS Resources
Weather Ready Nation
Preparedness Web Page

Preparedness for Seniors

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. This September, please prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Just follow
these four steps:

  • Be Informed
  • Make a Plan
  • Build a Kit
  • Get Involved

While each person’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.

By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. Visit and consider the following.

  • Learn more about how a disaster might affect your individual needs or the needs of someone you care for.
  • It's possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore. Plan to make it on your own, at least for a period of time.
  • Identify what kind of resources you use on a daily basis and what you might do if they are limited or not available.
  • Build a Kit with your unique consideration in mind. What do you need to maintain your health, safety and independence?
  • Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, and co-workers to aid you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment. If appropriate, discuss your needs with your employer.
  • Seniors should keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals and any other items you might need.
  • Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration. Make arrangements for any assistance to get to a shelter.
  • For more information, check out:
  • “Preparing makes sense for Older Americans” Video (Closed Captioning and American Sign Language)-
  • Monthly Preparedness text messages: Text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to receive monthly preparedness tips. (msg/data rates apply)

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