September is National Preparedness Month

Disasters don't wait; make your plan today!


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National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning – for now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to current disasters (pandemic, fires, floods, hurricanes), there is no better time than now to create your preparedness plan.

This year’s NPM theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” There are different things you can do to prepare you and your loved ones should a disaster occur in your area.

Prepare for Disasters

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

There are different things you can do to prepare you and your loved ones should a disaster occur in your area.

Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

Make a Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you must evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Assistance before, during and after disasters

National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration. It also fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by a disaster. ​

This virtual exhibition highlights some of the valuable services from our voluntary, faith-based, community-based, association, private and philanthropic partners.

Section 508: https://www.section508.gov

Adventist Community Services: https://www.communityservices.org/

American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org

Building Resilient Communities: https://www.buildingresilientcommunities.org

Catholic Charities: https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

Church World Service: https://www.cwsglobal.org

Civil Air Patrol: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com

Convoy of Hope: https://www.convoyofhope.com

COSSAO: https://www.facebook.com/pg/cossaoutuado

Data Distributing: https://www.datadistributing.com

Disaster Distress Helpline: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

EQUIPROJECT: https://www.equiproject.org

Faith-Based ISAO: https://www.faithbased-isao.org

Foundation for the Advancement in Conservation: https://www.culturalheritage.org/about-us/foundation

HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response: https://www.hopeaacr.org

ICNA Relief: https://www.icnarelief.org

International Medical Corps: https://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org

International Orthodox Christian Charities: https://www.iocc.org

Islamic Medical Association of North America: https://www.imana.org

Islamic Relief USA: https://www.irusa.org

IsraAID: https://www.israaid.org

ITDRC: https://www.itdrc.org

Kinkō: https://www.kinko.care

Lions Club International: https://www.lionsclub.org

Livi Connect: https://www.liviconnect.com/

Malbro Construction: http://www.malbroconstruction.com/

Masimo: https://www.masimo.com

Matthew 25 Ministries: https://www.m25m.org


This post was updated on 9/17/20, with more information and an added byline. 


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Kristin Daniel is an Emergency Management Specialist in VA’s Emergency Management & Resilience Office of Operations, Security, & Preparedness.

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