29 Aug National Preparedness Month – Prepared, Not Scared
When a disaster strikes, every second is crucial. It is essential for families to develop a plan in case of unexpected emergencies. National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year.
For National Preparedness Month this year, with the theme “Prepared, Not Scared”, FEMA and the Ad Council have created campaigns to encourage parents, teachers, and caregivers to visit Ready.gov/kids so they can teach our youth what to do when a crisis occurs, and how to take preparedness actions together.
Ready.gov has provided resources and tips to help you learn more about disaster preparedness this month. For each week of September, they have a different focus around how you can work towards preparedness and creating a plan . For a complete list of all of their resources visit Ready.gov/September.
Week 4: Get involved in your Community Preparedness
1. Learn about your voluntary organization
2. Find nonprofits in your area that work with individuals in need after disaster
3. Learn about your Community Emergency Response Team
4. Learn about your state and local information
Want to do more? There are many ways you can help others prepare for a disaster. Participate in preparedness efforts in your community, teach others about the importance of being prepared, or promote the need for a plan on social media. There are so many opportunities to get the word out!
Nonprofits can reach out to their state VOAD chapter to see how they can collaborate with other nonprofits who already have resources and understand the best practices to use when responding to a disaster.
If you are a nonprofit that would like help developing a plan for response, please reach out to one of our Regional Managers: Texas, California and Puerto Rico: Cacique Rich-Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org and for the Midwest, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina: Kaitlin FitzGerald at email@example.com
This September, we encourage all individuals and organizations to develop a plan for their family and community, and do your part to ensure you are ready in case disaster strikes.
Learn more: https://www.ready.gov/