National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Especially as the United States continues to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Ready Campaign’s goal of promoting family and community disaster planning is especially important this year.  

The theme of National Preparedness Month 2020 is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

In addition to informational videos and graphics, the webpage lays out 4 key elements of disaster preparedness, one for each week of the month:  

  • In Week 1 individuals are encouraged to Make A Plancoming up with communication strategies for all stages of a disaster, while keeping in mind Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidance.
  • During Week 2, individuals should Build A Kitgathering supplies for several days for every person in their household.
  • The goal of Week 3 is to Prepare for Disasterswhich includes among other things, understanding an area’s risk of disasters, securing homes from storms, and checking insurance coverage.
  • In Week 4 individuals are advised to Teach Youth About Preparednessensuring that kids understand what to do in case of an emergency.  

For more information on related topics visit HSDL Featured Topics on Social Media Use in Emergencies and Mass Evacuation or view other resources related to Disaster Preparedness Please note: HSDL login is required to view some of these resources. 

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