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National Preparedness Month Launches September 1
September 1, 2020
CHICAGO –September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V office in Chicago encourages everyone to take time out of their busy schedules to learn about the disasters that may threaten their community and take steps to limit the impacts of those risks for themselves and their families.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to prepare for disasters of all types and consider how they may affect our lives,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “Start by making a family plan and making sure you have what you need in case of any emergency. Then find ways to get involved—whether by volunteering and receiving training to support disaster preparedness, donating to a local organization or promoting preparedness online— to help ensure your community is stronger and more resilient to future disaster risks.”
As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to get involved. Get engaged as each week focuses on a different aspect of preparedness:
• Week 1, September 1 - 5: 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.
• Week 2, September 6-12: 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.
• Week 3, September 13-19: 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.
• Week 4, September 20-26: 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.
For detailed information about how to be ready for the emergencies you may be at risk for visit Ready.gov or our Spanish site at Listo.gov. You can also download the free FEMA app, available for your Android or Apple device. Learn more about National Preparedness Month by visiting Ready.gov/September.