September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Every September, Federal agencies such as CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association) team up with state and local agencies such as the Hawaii Department of Health to encourage Americans to plan ahead for disasters. The overarching theme this year is, “Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can.”

Preparedness involves a number of activities that are all crucial for getting through a disaster, during which electricity and water may be cut off and food and water may be scarce. Among the things you can do to plan ahead:

  • Develop a family emergency communication plan
  • Put together and maintain an emergency kit for your home, car, work, etc.
  • Identify an out-of-town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends
  • Know how to get information when the power goes out
  • Find out what you can do to help your neighbors and community in time of disaster

For more on National Preparedness Month and ideas on what you can do to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for a disaster consult these sites: