Every September, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declare National Preparedness Month. As we find ourselves watching the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence in the Carolina’s and the aftermath of the frightening natural gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts last week, the timing couldn’t be more poignant.
This years themes focus on making and practicing your disaster plan, learning life saving skills, being sure you have proper insurance and saving for an emergency. There are a ton of useful resources on the main web site for National Preparedness Month 2018. I encourage you to check them out.
As you review the multitude of resources available on the site, be sure to scroll down and click through the Web Resources listed under week. I’ve also included these links below.
Week 1: September 1-8– Make and Practice Your Plan
- Make an Emergency Plan
- Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area
- Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan
Week 2: September 9-15-Learn Life Saving Skills
- Know basic home maintenance to protect your family and home. Learn how to mitigate your home against flood damage, or protect against the impacts of earthquakes.
- Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas in your home.
- Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace them when they are 10 years old.
- Know the ways to keep your home safe from cooking, heating & electrical fires.
- Life Saving Skills video
Week 3: Sept 16-22-Check Your Coverage
- Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.
- Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.
Week 4: Sept 23-30-Save For an Emergency
- Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.
- Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
- Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency