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​National Preparedness Month Partner Resources

Want to share preparedness messaging during National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September? We can help!

Below are PEMA's NPM 2020 partner resources that you can use in your social media and other communications to encourage preparedness -- and an overall Ready PA!

Social Media Toolkit 2020

For National Preparedness Month 2020, Ready PA is encouraging the use social media to spread preparedness messaging.

NPM 2020 Weekly Themes

Week #1:  Make a Plan
Week #2:  Build a Kit
Week #3:  Prepare for Disasters
Week #4:  Teach Youth about Preparedness

Hashtags

When you share NPM content on social media, we ask that you use campaign hashtags. Hashtags help us spread the word and also help us determine how successful we, and our partners, are at getting out these messages. Hashtags also help extend your social media page's reach.

  • Primary hashtag:  #PreparedInPA
  • Secondary hashtags:  #NPM or #NationalPreparednessMonth

NPM Links

You can used these links related to NPM in your social media posts and other communications.

Talking Points

NPM and Pennsylvania

  • The theme for National Preparedness Month this year is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, school, and places of worship.
  • Individuals wishing to receive a monthly preparedness newsletter via email, can register on the Ready PA website. This monthly resource provides timely tips and provides planning tools to assist in planning for emergencies. The September edition of the newsletter will also include an opportunity to be entered to win a Ready PA Preparedness Kit, featuring a wind-up radio, flashlight, phone charger.
  • More information about how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with access and functional needs or pets, is available on the Ready PA website.

Planning for a Disaster

  • What are the best escape routes from your home? Find at least two ways out of each room.
  • Choose an emergency contact person outside your area because it may be easier to call long distance than locally after a local/regional disaster.
  • Part of every disaster plan should include the place where you will go if you are asked to evacuate.  If you evacuate to a shelter, don’t forget to social distance, wear an affective mask, and wash your hands frequently.
  • Check flashlights and store extra batteries.  Make sure you have working flashlights within easy reach, one for each room if possible.
  • Find a wind up or battery-operated radio and store it in an accessible location. The radio will help you stay informed of warnings and cautions in your area.
  • Teach your children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for help. Post these and other emergency telephone numbers by telephones.
  • When preparing your disaster kit for your home, car or workplace, don’t forget to include several masks and containers of hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol content.
  • People with special needs may need additional assistance when it comes to COVID-19 precautions.  For example, some medical conditions may prohibit an individual from wearing a mask. 
  • Take a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Course, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) course and a First Aid course through the American Red Cross or other response organization. 
  • Take the FEMA “You are the Help to Help Arrives” web-based training at https://community.fema.gov/until-help-arrives

Talking to Your Kids about Preparedness

  • Involving children in preparing now will help reduce a panic reaction when an emergency does occur. Start by asking what would happen during various scenarios. For example, a snowstorm and you lose power. What would stop working in the house and what can be done about it?  It will get them thinking about disasters and what threats they can face. Then, download the Weather Terms Action Sheet. When a thunderstorm, snowstorm, tornado, or flash flood occurs in your area, do you know where to go?
  • This fall, students should give extra thought to the materials they need for a successful school year. It is important to include at least one extra cloth face mask and plenty of hand sanitizer in their backpacks. If a student is wearing a mask that gets wet or dirty, they should practice mask etiquette by taking it off and putting on a clean, dry mask. Then, place the wet or dirty mask in a plastic bag inside of their backpack and wash immediately when they get home.
  • Review your family emergency plan together so they know what to do even if you are not there. Preparedness is not all fun and games, but parts of it can be. Kids can play the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Master Game. By making the right choice, earn points to get to the next level. Master all the levels and they get their own graphic novel.
  • Visit preparedness games and other materials on the FEMA for Kids web page.

Finance and Insurance Preparedness

  • Make your own Emergency Financial First Aid Kit. Place important documents such as deeds, birth certificates, passports, wills, titles, and financial documents in a safe deposit box at a bank or credit union. Keep copies of these documents in a fire-safe box that you can easily access and take it with you in emergencies.
  • Carefully review any existing homeowners' insurance policy you may have to understand what will and will not be covered. Contact your insurance company for your policy's details. Be aware, most homeowners' policies DO NOT cover damage from flooding.
  • Know that facts and myths of flood insurance. Floods are the most common and most expensive natural disaster in the United States. Flood insurance for your home can be crucial protection if disaster strikes. Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to your home. With flood insurance, you are able to recover faster and more fully. No matter where you live, some risk of flooding exists.
  • Renters insurance is often overlooked, but for a small premium, you can save a lot of money if something happens to your belongings. Remember your landlord's homeowners' insurance does not cover your belongings.
  • Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies, since ATMs and credit card readers will not always be available.
  • When saving cash, consider essentials such as gasoline, bus or train fare, and several nights of lodging and food. Learn how to make a budget to aid in having cash available for emergencies.

Graphics

Download these graphics for use in your social media efforts and more. We will continue to add graphics to this page, so remember to check back.

Download these Facebook-sized graphics by clicking on the images and saving them.

 Green graphic with backpack and text "Build a Kit"

Download these Twitter-sized graphics by clicking on the images and saving them.

 Green graphic with backpack and text "Build a Kit"Green graphic with storm cloud and check mark and text "Prepare for disasters"Green graphic with checkmark and people with text "Teach youth about preparedness"

Sample Facebook Posts or Tweets

  1. Talk with family members about your emergency plan. Discuss how you will stay in touch when disaster strikes and review CDC guidance during COVID-19. #PreparedInPA #NPM
  2. Ensure your emergency kit is stocked with essential items, including what is needed to protect you and your family from COVID-19. Learn more at ready.pa.gov. #PreparedInPA #NPM
  3. Sign up for weather alerts so that during a disaster or emergency you receive immediate life-saving information. #PreparedInPA #NPM
  4. Empower your children by teaching them how to be prepared for emergencies. Develop your family emergency plan together. #PreparedInPA #NPM

PEMA Social Media Accounts

Remember to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for ideas and content that you can amplify on your accounts.