September Is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters. Hurricane Dorian has already given us a terrible example of what can happen.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Learn first aid, join a Community Emergency Response Team in your community, donate to a reputable organization of your choice, and volunteer to respond to disasters and help your fellow Americans. Visit to learn more.

Volunteer and receive training to support disaster and preparedness efforts in your community.

Teach preparedness curriculum in your school. Download everything you need for grades K-12 through our Ready Kids program.

Promote preparedness online by sharing preparedness tips on your social media account with Ready’s online social media toolkit or public service announcements

Take a free online independent study course through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute and gain more knowledge to help your community become more prepared.

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