September is National Preparedness Month – Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare

It’s National Preparedness Month, a time when communities, emergency responders, businesses, and families come together to make sure they are prepared for the next disaster. This year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”

The national Ready campaign has established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness and provides resources and tools to help with each. These building blocks are: Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. Find more from the Ready campaign at

Use the month of September to help prepare your department and community so you are ready when the next disaster strikes. The weekly themes are as follows:

  • Week 1 – How To… Reconnect with family after a disaster.
  • Week 2 – Know How To… Plan for specific needs before a Disaster.

    • Monday, 9/8: Youth and children, and colleges and universities
    • Tuesday, 9/9: Tribal audiences
    • Wednesday, 9/10: Business
    • Thursday, 9/11: First responders (Police, Fire, EMS, Nurses, Public Utility, etc.)
    • Friday, 9/12: Organizations (faith-based, voluntary, and state/local/tribal)
    • Saturday, 9/13: Disabilities, access & functional needs, and older Americans
    • Sunday, 9/14: Pets/animals
  • • Week 3 – How to… Build an emergency kit.
  • • Weeks 4 & 5 – How to… Practice for an emergency.

Find resources for conducting community outreach from the National Preparedness Community. These include a digital engagement toolkit, outreach messages in Spanish, the 2014 National Preparedness Month logo and poster, and social media images.

There will also be a National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. Use this event to educate the community and plan a local preparedness event or disaster drill. Find tools, messaging, and resources to participate in the PrepareAthon! on the America’s PrepareAthon! web site.

The National Volunteer Fire Council has many resources to help your department and community be prepared.