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​National Preparedness Month 2020

September is National Preparedness Month!

The theme for National Preparedness Month this year is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

Partner resources are available so you can help share emergency preparedness information throughout the month.

Are You Ready PA?

Preparing for the unexpected is important all year. However, National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an opportunity to learn ways that you can help be better prepared at home, work, school, and more.

Preparing before something happens reduces anxiety and losses that accompany disasters. Much like a fire drill, knowing what to do in an emergency makes the situation a little less frightening for everyone. We prepare so we can be ready.

Watch this NPM video message from PEMA Director Randy Padfield.

What can you do now?

Sign up for the Ready PA Monthly newsletter. This monthly resource provides timely tips and provides planning tools to assist in planning for emergencies.

September’s NPM edition of the Ready PA newsletter will also include an opportunity to be entered to win a Ready PA Preparedness Kit, featuring a wind-up radio, flashlight, phone charger.

Weekly Themes

Week #1:  Make a Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

  • Download these emergency plan cards. Fill them out and give one to each member of your family to carry with them. You can download a simple Family Emergency Plan card (PDF) from the Ready PA website.
  • If you or someone you know has a medical condition or disability learn how to prepare by reading how to plan for special needs (PDF).

Week #2:  Build a Kit

Sometimes preparedness is a mindset. Think about the things you would need to be able to sustain yourself for up to 72 hours, especially after any significant event.

Why 72 hours? That may be how long it takes to get power restored or for first responders to get to you. Things like nonperishable food, water, batteries, and flashlights. Having the basics doesn’t have to be expensive. Start with making sure you have flashlights and batteries.

  • Remember to include masks and hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol content.

Week #3:  Prepare for Disasters

Everyone’s needs are unique. An emergency that is a “set back” for one might be catastrophic for another. Rather than preparing only for a snowstorm or tornado, being prepared means identifying ways that emergencies can threaten your safety and identify what to do when the emergency occurs.

  • Download the PA Emergency Preparedness Guide and learn more about hazards and how they can affect you. It is available in multiple languages and in audio.
  • Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Week #4:  Teach Youth 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.

Why sign up for NPM resources?

  • You'll get easy tips and tools that can help you be better prepared.
  • You will receive the Ready PA monthly e-newsletter.
  • By sharing our NPM email, you will be entered in to our random drawing for a wind-up radio, flashlight, or phone charger!