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National Preparedness Month Week Four: Individual Preparedness

September 18 – 24 is week four of National Preparedness Month  (NPM). The theme for this week is “Individual Preparedness.”

Although we encourage individual preparedness throughout the year, this would be a great time to get started on your preparedness journey! National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder that we must all take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit!

The Ready Campaign and America's PrepareAthon! have a wealth of materials and information to support individual preparedness! During week four of National Preparedness Month, you can:

  • Download How to Prepare guides to learn about and prepare for hazards that impact your area;
  • Download the FEMA mobile app to receive alerts from the National Weather Service and get safety reminders; and
  • Refer to the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) for a checklist and forms to help identify important documents, medical records, and household contracts that can help you get back on your feet after a disaster.

If you're on social media, be sure to follow @PrepareAthon and @Readygov on Twitter and Facebook for useful content and reminders on how you can prepare now and throughout the year.


In Case You Missed It: ICP Awards & BRDC 2016 Ceremony

On September 13 and 14, the 2016 Individual Community Preparedness (ICP) and Building Resilience with Diverse Communities (BRDC) Awards were held in Washington D.C., and America's PrepareAthon! was there to capture it live.

On Periscope, America's PrepareAthon! broadcasted the Awards Ceremony as well as the ICP and BRDC panel discussion. If you didn't get a chance to watch live, you can view the videos available on the @PrepareAthon Periscope account or by visiting: .

The panel discussion was also streamed on Facebook Live, and the video is available on the America's PrepareAthon! page: .


Share Your #PrepareAthon Story

Are you taking specific actions to prepare during National Preparedness Month? Show us! Share your “#PrepareAthon Story” with us on Twitter and Facebook using #PrepareAthon. and we'll share the best stories on our social media accounts during the week leading up to the September 30 National PrepareAthon! Day.

Get creative! We want to see how you get prepared.


Coming Soon: National PrepareAthon! Day is September 30

National Preparedness Month culminates with the September 30 National PrepareAthon! Day.

Twice a year, on September 30 and April 30, America's PrepareAthon! promotes National PrepareAthon! Days to bring attention to our progress toward creating a more resilient Nation. America's PrepareAthon! is a national, year-round, grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises .

America's PrepareAthon! prepares people for earthquakes , floods , hurricanes , tornadoes , wildfires , winter storms , and active shooter .

The 10 Ways to Participate in America's PrepareAthon! infographic highlights activities you can do in support of the campaign. You can also find out where preparedness events are happening in your community and join in. When you complete an activity, please be sure to add that activity to the campaign's website.

Individuals, families, communities, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses are all encouraged to participate and prepare for the hazards that are common to their areas. Find How to Prepare guides, playbooks, and other valuable resources to get started. These tools are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, and French.

Get ready for National PrepareAthon! Day. Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare.


Upcoming Preparedness Events

Mark your calendars! FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division has several exciting events happening during NPM that can help take your preparedness to the next level.

Campus Ready Webinar and Twitter Chat

On Wednesday, September 21 , FEMA Region I in collaboration with America's PrepareAthon! will host a Campus Ready preparedness webinar from 1-2 PM ET focusing on back-to-school actions colleges and universities can implement as the school year begins. The webinar will be followed by a live Twitter chat from 2-3 PM ET with colleges and universities from across the country discussing family communications plans and other best practices. Join the conversation or follow along using #CampusReady .

How to Join the Webinar:

Department of Health and Human Services Twitter Chat

As part of National Preparedness Month, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response, @PHEgov , will host a Twitter chat on Thursday, September 29 at 1 PM ET . The chat will help pregnant women and families with young children learn what precautions they need to take to stay safe and healthy when disaster strikes. Join the conversation or follow along using #Prep2Grow .

#DisasterSimWY Facebook Live Broadcast

Join Prepare Wyoming and its partners for a Facebook Live broadcast on Friday, September 30 at 2 PM MT/ 4 PM ET . The broadcast will share the value of taking action around preparedness and feature a disaster simulation. Partners will offer preparedness tips that are easy to replicate and practice at home, leveraging the 10 Ways to Participate in America's PrepareAthon! . Partner agencies will also answer viewer questions asked during the broadcast. Viewers can access the broadcast on the America's PrepareAthon! Facebook page.


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