September Is National Preparedness Month: Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:53:00 AM

National Preparedness Month logoIt’s important to know what disasters could happen in your community and how to prepare for them. Emergencies can happen any time, and all Americans should be prepared for disasters that could affect them.

September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare now and throughout the year for the types of disasters that can happen where we live, work and visit.

This year’s theme, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can,” encourages everyone to make an emergency communication plan ahead of time, partner with their neighbors and community, train to be citizen responders, and practice their preparedness. Each week in September, we will offer simple, no-cost preparedness tips.

The National Preparedness Month weekly themes provide many opportunities to get prepared before an emergency.  For more information, including a social media toolkit you can use on your social media accounts, visit

Week 1:  September 1 - 9
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Week 2:  September 10 - 16
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

Week 3:  September 17 - 23
Practice and Build Out Your Plans

Week 4:  September 24 - 30
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

September 15 is National Prepareathon Day when people and communities across the nation take action to prepare for and protect themselves against disasters. To find out more about year-round Prepareathon activities, go to