National Preparedness Month

Each week in September during National Preparedness Month, the campaign focuses on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities. But that doesn't mean that you can't prepare any time of the year. 

Make A Plan. 

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Build A Kit
Gather supplies 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. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control. Use this list to help build yours. When the Unthinkable Happens provides important information on events we hope never happen.

Prepare for Disasters
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. Check out our Need-to-Know guide on how to make your emergency plan.

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. has the tools and info to help you prepare.