National Preparedness Month 2018 is Here! Get Ready This September!

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National Preparedness Month 2018

This month is national preparedness month. Every September brings another national preparedness month, an initiative started by FEMA a few years ago.

Being prepared is everyone’s responsibility! It goes far beyond the stereotype of being a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. It’s something that we all need to take upon ourselves.

The more prepared you are, the less likely you are to become a casualty or need outside assistance during a disaster.

National preparedness month is broken down into one theme per week.

National Preparedness Month – Week 4

The theme this week is Save For an Emergency!

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    • Preparing for a natural disaster? Learn how to protect your money, where to get help, and what questions to ask:

    • Are you financially prepared for a natural disaster? Find out:

    • Having a plan for your finances before a natural disaster strikes will save you time and stress. Learn more:

    • What important documents should you have for an emergency? The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit explains them all: #PrepareNow

    • How will you pay your bills if a disaster strikes? Disasters don’t plan ahead, #PrepareNow: #NatlPrep

    • Over 40 percent of all Americans don’t have $400 in savings according to the Federal Reserve. What will you do if there is a disaster? Learn how you become more #PrepareNow

  • Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies. #NatlPrep

  • You will have expenses like lodging, food, and gas, after a disaster. Are you prepared? #PrepareNow #NatlPrep

  • Are you prepared for a flood? Floods are the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster, causing billions of dollars in damage each year. #PrepareNow. Get tips: #FloodSmart

  • The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a tool to help you and your family collect and secure the documents you would need if there was a disaster. #NatlPrep

  • Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into your savings account.Find more tips to help you manage your money to be prepared for the unexpected: #NatlPrep

  • Only about half of all Americans have an emergency fund. This gives them the money needed to help with increased expenses after a disaster. Get tips about creating a fund:

  • Do you know the help your community provides if there is a disaster?  Search online today. #NatlPrep #PrepareNow

  • Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes. #NatlPrep

  • Flooding can be an emotionally and financially devastating event.  Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 in damage to your home.  To learn more visit #FloodSmart #PrepareNow


National Preparedness Month – Week 3

The theme this week is Check Your Coverage!

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Insured Survivor Video Testimonials

  • US Army Sgt. Boggs almost lost everything during Hurricane #Irma. Flood insurance gave him the financial protection he needed after the storm. Learn more: #FloodSmart #NatlPrep
  • Jeff’s daughter was just one week old when Hurricane #Harvey hit. Flood insurance helped his young family get back in their home and back to their life. #NatlPrep
  • “Having flood insurance meant having one thing less to worry about.” Rupi Prasad lost almost everything in Hurricane #Harvey. Flood insurance is helping her get back to her home and get back to retirement. #NatlPrep
  • With flood insurance, John and Michelle Tipton are rebuilding their home safer and stronger after Hurricane Matthew. Flood insurance is worth the investment. #FloodSmart #NatlPrep

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  • Flooding can be an emotionally and financially devastating event.  Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 in damage to your home. #PrepareNow #Floodsmart

  • Approximately 80% of households impacted by Hurricane Harvey last year did not have flood insurance. Don’t become a statistic. Learn more about your flood risk: #NatlPrep #FloodSmart

  • Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Learn more about flood insurance at #PrepareNow #FloodSmart

  • #PrepareNow. Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help you quickly file a claim after a flood: #NatlPrep

  • Hurricanes bring heavy rains that may cause flooding. Think about buying flood insurance before the storm. #NatlPrep #FloodSmart

  • Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S.  Are you protected?  Check your insurance policy today #NatlPrep #FloodSmart

  • 30 Days: The number of days it takes for most flood insurance policies to go into effect. Don’t wait until it’s too late! #PrepareNow #FloodSmart

  • Anywhere it rains, it can flood.  Learn more about how flood insurance can help protect the life you’ve built. #NatlPrep #FloodSmart

  • Find out if you live in a flood-prone area and how flood insurance can lessen the cost to your family by visiting: #NatlPrep #FloodSmart

  • At least 25% of small businesses never reopen following a disaster. Purchase flood insurance to protect your business. #NatlPrep #FloodSmart


National Preparedness Month – Week 2

The theme this week is Life Saving Skills!

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  • Keep your family safe. Install natural gas detectors throughout your house.#PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Commit to learning and sharing life-saving emergency skills with the #UntilHelpArrives training #PrepareNow
  • What’s deadly, colorless, and odorless? Carbon monoxide. Protect your family by installing a carbon monoxide detector #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Do you know how to turn off the gas in your home? Learn how to in case you ever have a gas emergency in your home. #NatlPrep
  • Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water, & meds to last for at least 72 hours: #PrepareNow
  • Whether you need batteries for your remote or flashlight, always make sure you have spare batteries handy in an emergency: #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Never use candles for emergency lighting. Use flashlights and stock up on extra batteries. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Do you have emergency supplies? Get ahead of the next storm or wildfire by making sure you’re ready in case you are asked to leave your home: #PrepareNow
  • Replace all home smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Put smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from your furnace, water heater, and other heat-generating equipment. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year to prevent home fires. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
  • Practice how to “Drop down onto your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold on to any sturdy covering until the shaking stops. More info at
  • Do you know what to do when an emergency happens? Learn actions to save a life #UntilHelpArrives #PrepareNow
  • Giving CPR to a person struck by lightning can save their life. Learn how to perform Hands-Only and how to use an AED to prepare for a health emergency. #PrepareNow


National Preparedness Month – Week 1

This week’s theme is make and practice your plan.

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Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

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About Joe Ready 101 Articles
Joe “Ready” is an active duty Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician with more than 20 years of service and multiple ground combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also has a bachelors degree in Emergency and Disaster Management and has been interested in prepping and preparedness for close to two decades.

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