According to Ready.Gov, National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. The 2020 NPM theme is "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today".
The first week of September is when we need to make a plan and talk to friends and family on ways to communicate before, during, and after a disaster. This year, the plan needs to be based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.
The second week of September is when we need to gather supplies that will last for several days for every family member living in the home. Don’t forget pets!
The third week of September is when we prepare for a disaster by checking on insurance coverage and making sure our home is ready for storms and other common hazards and how we need to react if we receive a local warning or alert.
The fourth week of September is when we need to talk to our children about what to do when an emergency occurs and tell them where we will meet if we are separated. Reassure the kids by providing information about what they can do to be prepared and how they can help the rest of the family.