National Preparedness Month: “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

National Preparedness Month

September is FEMA’s National Preparedness Month, a month that encourages planning, prepping, and being ready for any emergency that could occur in your community or on a broader scale. With Hurricane Harvey taking a toll on Texas (here’s how you can help) and Irma and Jose threatening to hit Florida, the importance and timeliness for National Preparedness Month is stressed even more so than in years past.

National Preparedness Month
The official logo for National Preparedness Month 2017.

With this years theme of “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” , the importance of having a plan in place in case of emergency is highlighted and encouraged. Planning ahead by having a safe meeting space or shelter, stocking proper supplies, and having a solid communication plan in place are all important parts of the planning process. Raising awareness not only helps communities stay safer, but proper training in the event of a disaster also help to lighten the load on First Responders.

While plans will vary depending on if it is for a business, a home, or a place of worship, there are some supplies that will always be helpful in the event of a disaster.

Some emergency supplies we recommend are*:

*This is just a basic list to help you plan ahead in the case of a disaster situation. This is does not ensure you will be completely prepared, but it is a good basis list to work from in order to begin prepping.