Everyone can become better prepared for unexpected emergencies and disasters, especially during September, National Preparedness Month. How will you and your family participate?
This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Now is the right time to update contact information for family, friends and others who you will want to reach during a disaster, before you are apart or cell phone service or power is interrupted. Share tips and ideas by following @Readygov and @PrepareAthon on Twitter and using #NATLPREP.
Other affordable and easy ways to prepare include:
- Contact your local or state Emergency Management Office to sign up for local text message alerts and warnings
- Find out if your cell phone can receive free Wireless Emergency Alerts; no subscription is needed.
- Download the FEMA or American Red Cross app
- Discuss and test your family emergency plan
- Get free preparedness guides for hazards like floods, hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes from America’s PrepareAthon! and register to host or participate in a preparedness event during September at www.ready.gov/prepare
- Assemble or update a disaster supply kit with essentials for your family
- Participate in a free online class, training or discussion; sign up for the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
For more tips and information about National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov/September
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