September is National Preparedness Month
There are things we can do to help keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe and healthy before, during, and after an emergency or disaster. Learn how to prepare with tips and guidance from the resources below.
Learn from this Preparedness Video Series (YouTube) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Learn how to be ready for emergencies or disasters, with tips on how to prepare for:
- People with disabilities, access, and functional needs
- Mental and behavioral health needs, coping strategies, and supports
- Personal needs, like food, water, and medications
- Power loss
- Make a plan and identify out-of-area contacts
- Build an emergency kit
- Protect important documents
- Prepare at home and secure water heaters
- Prepare your vehicle
Learn lifesaving skills:
- Calling 9-1-1
- Using a smartphone during an emergency
- First aid, CPR, and other practical skills
- Mental health first aid
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
Stay informed about emergencies as they arise. Emergency notifications keep can help us stay in-the-know and provide time to react.
- Learn about free wireless and email alerts
- Note how a smartphone can help
- Sign up for alert and warning notifications
Be aware of hazards and threats that may impact your community.
- Understand needs related to children, pets, and mental health
- Learn about severe weather and natural disasters
- Learn about natural and technological hazards
Be aware of climate change, which impacts the frequency, severity, and timing of weather-related hazards. Stay informed:
Connections with neighbors, family, and friends can increase our ability to respond and recover from disasters.
Youth volunteer opportunities:
- Activities for all ages
- Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Youth Preparedness Council
- Red Cross Youth Resources
Adult volunteer opportunities: