National Preparedness Month

Modified: October 2, 2017 9:35am

You Have the Power to Prepare

Throughout September, More than 3000 organizations will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action.

This year, the CDC will focus on four important topics – READY… STEADY… SHOW… GO!


Many emergencies happen without warning, so it is important that you take steps ahead of time to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.


Preparing does not stop after you have your kit ready and your emergency plan in place. In a real emergency, you may become overwhelmed or confused, so it is important to practice your emergency plan. Review the plans and have practice drills with your whole family. Review and replace the contents of your emergency kit every six months. Be sure to check expiration dates on food, water, medicine, and batteries and add any personal items that are unique to your needs.


Inspire others to prepare. Research shows that talking about preparedness increases the likelihood of others taking steps to get prepared. Talk to your family and friends about the important steps they can take to be prepared. Be a preparedness role model – volunteer in your community, take a first aid and CPR class, or share a photo of your emergency kit or a selfie of you and your family at your emergency meeting place.


Take immediate action to save lives. It is vital that people take not only immediate but also the appropriate protective action when an emergency happens. Local officials will ask you to shelter in place (take shelter in a basement or windowless interior room) in some situations; and to evacuate your home, workplace or community in response in others. For example, a wildfire or an approaching hurricane. Know when to go (or stay), where to go, how to get there and what to do BEFORE an emergency. The most important thing is to take immediate and decisive action.

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