September is National Preparedness Month

Mandatory evacuations. Flooding. Widespread power outages. If you’re still hemming and hawing about creating an emergency kit or assembling a family emergency plan, the recent hurricanes should serve as a not-so-friendly reminder. The good news is there’s no time like the present to start planning. And what better time to begin than National Preparedness Month?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign is sponsoring the fifth annual National Preparedness Month to educate the public about the importance of preparing for a public health emergency. National, regional, state and local organizations will organize activities throughout September to encourage all Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies and ask themselves, “Am I ready?”

The Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps are suggesting everyone start by making an emergency kit and a family preparedness plan; learn more about possible emergency situations at home, at work, at school and in the community; and become more involved community preparedness activities.

For a complete list of events during National Preparedness Month, visit

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