Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month.

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Being “ready” is not just a process or a checklist of things to do, but an approach to a whole concept way of conducting deliberate planning and preparation to allow you and others the greatest opportunity to minimize the effect of a given emergency.


Consequently, planning is the key to preparedness. The Ready Army tenets — Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved — outline the preparedness actions you can take to prepare best for an emergency.


To sign up for America’s PrepareAthon, go to and register.


Here are links to additional information about ways you can prepare yourself, your office, your family, and your community for any emergency you might face. Spend some time looking over these and other resources available to you. Know what threats you are at greater risk of being affected by and make a plan to implement actions that will mitigate the effect of those threats.


  • Make your emergency plan today. Emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime and anywhere. They can happen quickly and sometimes without warning; some may force you and your family to evacuate your neighborhood or require staying in your home until it’s safe to leave.


  • Build a kit. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.


  • Decide how you will get to a safe place, how you will contact one another and how you will get back together if separated.


  • You can use social media to let family and friends know you are OK. Often during emergencies, text messages are easier to get than phone calls.


  • Get a free emergency plan worksheet and emergency contact cards at or Make a family emergency plan. This step is critical, and it won’t cost you anything.


  • Decide how you will get to a safe place, how you will contact one another and how you will get back together if separated.



  • People with disabilities or access and functional needs may have to take additional steps.
Plan how to handle power outages and being asked to evacuate if you depend on medical equipment. Create a support network. If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster, talk to your family, friends and others in your community who will be part of your personal support team and include them in your planning.


  • Practice your plan with the people who have agreed to be part of your support network. If you work in an office environment, ensure that your co-workers know your limitations and can assist you in an emergency.



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