September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month began when one of the most horrific events that the United States has experienced occurred. That event was the September 11, 2001 tragedy. Three years later the Federal Emergency Management Agency created this holiday in September 2004 to help its citizens be better prepared for emergencies in their homes and communities. FEMA, alongside other organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security, helped launch a Ready Campaign to help people get started in the way of preparedness against national emergencies. September was a month also chosen because it is the height of hurricane season in the United States. This month gives people the opportunity to learn about safety measures in cases of emergency and helps educate people overall about how to handle disasters when they come. National Preparedness Month culminates on September 30th with National Preparedness Day, the National Day of Action. If you haven’t taken the time to think about how different disasters could affect you, then we challenge you to take the necessary steps to become informed and develop a plan for such events. These simple steps could save your life!  

Step 1- Learn Your Risks & Responses – Be Informed! 

Step 2- Plan! 

Step 3 – Build a Supply Kit! 

Step 4 – Get Involved! 

If you would like more information about National Preparedness Month and how you can become better prepared in the event of an emergency, please visit https://www.ready.gov/september