The theme for Week 3 (September 13 19) of National Preparedness Month is hurricane. Since
hurricane season is currently at its peak, this would be a great time to
take action and prepare your family for these powerful storms.
Each year, many parts of the United States
experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from
hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricanes can also affect inland communities.
Get the How to Prepare for a
Hurricane guide from Americas
PrepareAthon! to learn hurricane basics and how to protect yourself
during these storms, including:
- Stay away from
windows and glass doors;
- Go to a small,
interior, windowless room such as a bathroom or closet, on the lowest
level not likely to flood;
- If you are in
an area that is flooding, move to a location on higher ground; and
- If the power
goes out, use a flashlight, not a candle for lighting.
Also, power outages can last longer than
expected, so having a disaster supply kit
can help your family survive. Check out this story from a disaster survivor who understands the importance
of being prepared for the unexpected.
Stay informed about hurricanes by monitoring
weather reports and signing up to receive
local alerts. The National Weather Service (NWS) issues hurricane watches and warnings
to let you know when a storm is headed your way. You can also download the FEMA mobile application to receive NWS weather
updates. Be sure to follow directions from local authorities if they issue an evacuation
Imagine a wildfire raging in your community and only
having minutes to evacuate your home. What do you want to take out of your
home? How will you communicate with loved ones? These are just some of the
questions you should be able to answer before a disaster strikes.
Americas PrepareAthon! released a new video,
of Smoke, that gives a first-hand account of what its like to
experience a wildfire, and highlighting the importance of being prepared. Here
are a few things you can do to get ready now:
If you try to prepare while an emergency is
happening, it will be too late! To learn more about wildfires and how to
protect your family, download the How
to Prepare for a Wildfire guide from Americas PrepareAthon!
Lets hear it
for National Preparedness Month!
Get in the spirit of preparedness during a special Twitter chat titled, Safety
Friends Unite on Twitter for National Preparedness Month hosted by Americas PrepareAthon! on
Tuesday, September 22 at 3 PM ET.
This chat will highlight activities everyone
can do including families, youth, and schools to prepare for emergencies. Featured
guests will include preparedness friends from federal agencies and
organizations that serve the community:
Wrigley (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);
Stella and Stanley (the Ready
the Fire Dog (National Fire Protection Association);
Skywarn (National Weather Service);
Robin (Robins Air Force Base);
- Fred the Prep
- Lassie; and
Follow along using #SafetyChat.
Wildfire and its partners coordinated FireFree
events in Oregon as part of the second annual National Fire Protection
Association Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. The events held in Deschutes
County and Jefferson County gave residents the opportunity to dispose of their
yard debris free of charge at collections site in the counties.
With nearly 38,000 cubic yards of debris
recycled, the 2015 event broke all prior FireFree records, and homeowner
participation increased 27 percent over the previous year. These events served
as the communitys preparedness activities for Americas PrepareAthon!
To learn more about FireFree, read
the full article located on the Stories page of the
Americas PrepareAthon! website. You can also
download the How
to Prepare for a Wildfire guide to learn how to protect your
family and home against these devastating fires.
and caregivers! Disasters can strike even when your child is away at school, so it
is important to have plans in place so you can connect during an emergency.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preparing
your child for emergencies that may happen during the school day is as easy as
The CDC lists three steps you
should take to protect your child:
A: Ask how you will be reunited with your child in an
emergency or evacuation;
B: Bring extra medications, special food, or supplies
your child will need if you are separated overnight; and
C: Complete a backpack card and tuck one in your
childs backpack and your wallet.
learn more, visit emergency.cdc.gov/children.
You can also download and complete the Family
Emergency Communication Plan now available from Americas
Do you have a plan in
place to keep business operations running when a crisis hits?
Having a continuity plan
is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The
cost of creating a disaster preparedness plan is small compared to the
financial losses that may occur if theres no plan in place.
Get help with
preparedness planning through a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S.
Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The series is presented in
collaboration with the Ready Campaign
during National Preparedness Month.
The 30-minute webinars
will be presented at 2 PM ET each Wednesday in September.
16: Recover from the Most Likely Disaster: Power Outage
23: Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Prepare Your Employees
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Please use this link to register for the webinars.
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