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Emergency Preparedness Month Tips 2019

September is National Preparedness Month.

The preparedness theme for 2019 is “Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters.”

Disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. During a disaster, professional emergency responders may be overwhelmed and delayed for hours, even days. Communications may be down and access to essential services may not be available. People must be prepared to take care of their families and neighbors for the first 72 hours after a disaster.

Each week there will be a different theme, focused on simple, yet critical steps to help you and your communities be safer, stronger and better prepared.

Week 1 (September 1-7): Save Early for Disaster Costs

An image of a fire, a piggy bank, and some change. Save early for disaster!

Week 2 (September 8-14): Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

Four tiles displaying how to make an escape plan.

Make a Family Emergency Plan

  • Make an emergency plan today and practice it. Learn how.
  • Practice your fire escape plan by holding a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home. Practice two ways out of every room.
  • Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more comfortable if you need to evacuate in an emergency.
  • Download a group texting app so your family and friends can keep in touch before, during and after an emergency.
  • Learn how to turn off utilities in your home. Learn more.
  • Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water, and medicine to last for at least 72 hours. Learn more.

Week 3 (September 15-21): Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters

Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare

Week 4 (September 22-30): Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

Talk with Your Neighbors and Get Involved in your Community at ready.gov/volunteer