September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Thank you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies.
During this week you will know how to:
- Understand the importance of community preparedness.
- Get involved with your community organization or plan with neighbors.
- Highlight local preparedness efforts in your community.
- Celebrate first responders.
- Celebrate emergency-focused organizations who serve communities.
Graphics, Videos, & Related links
- Community Service graphics
- Visit www.serve.gov & follow @ServeDotGov
- Learn how to volunteer with different emergency response programs where you live
- Volunteer for Citizen Corps or join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Learn more about the Youth Preparedness Council and how to join next year
- FEMA Independent Study course-909 Community Preparedness Training Courses Two-Pager
- FEMA Independent Study course-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone
- Community Planning Activity Scenario Guide-“Preparedness: The Whole Community (PDF)”
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors Strategies
- America’s PrepareAthon! Plan with Neighbors