National Preparedness Month
While Labor day began over 100 years ago as a day to celebrate the achievements of (and provide a day of rest for) American Workers, it has become a day to relax and enjoy friends and family.
While doing this, we'd like to emphasize that September is National Preparedness Month which
serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.
National Preparedness Month is a good time to take action to prepare yourself and your
family. Take some time to talk to them about emergency plans and how you will communicate and connect during a crisis.
The month leads up to National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30, when individuals,
organizations and businesses across the country will highlight the importance of taking action
and practicing emergency preparedness actions.
How prepared are you?
Could you survive any natural or man-made disaster? Could you find your way to your loved ones? Could you reach help (if any is to be reached)?
Don't Wait. Communicate.
Events like the recent flooding in Louisiana, Hurricane Hermine approaching Florida, and Hurricane Lester in the Gulf remind us that weather can change at a moment’s notice.
Disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends, and so it’s important to take time now to plan what you will do in an emergency. It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school.
This September and throughout the year here are few actions you can take to get started:
Watch "Don't Wait" Public Service Announcement ►
By having a conversation or making a plan, families can have more confidence and be better prepared when the next event happens.
We've discussed Preparedness Challenges for Children in Emergencies and Helping Children Cope With a Disaster, but as we lead into National Preparedness Month, we would like to emphasize how important these considerations are as part of your Family Communication Plan.
Thinking about this year's National Preparedness theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”, we'd like you to remember that disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma or seen the event on television, it’s important for parents to be informed and ready to help ease their child’s stress.
According to the Ready Campaign, children may respond to disaster by demonstrating fears, sadness, or behavioral problems. These reactions may vary depending on the child’s age.
Children’s reactions are often influenced by the behavior, thoughts, and feelings of adults. Parents can help meet their child’s emotional needs by:
• Encouraging him or her to share thoughts and feelings about the incident;
• Clarifying misunderstandings about risk and danger by listening to their child’s concerns and answering questions;
• Maintaining a sense of calm by validating their child’s concerns and perceptions with discussion of concrete plans for safety; and
• Monitoring or limiting exposure to the media.
For more information about helping children cope with disaster, www.ready.gov/coping-with-disaster.
Much like individuals and families, schools and daycare providers should all have site-specific emergency plans. If you’re a parent or guardian, it’s vital that you make sure your child’s school or daycare has a plan to ensure his or her safety during an emergency. The Ready Campaign recommends you:
• Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis;
• Ask if they store adequate food, water, and other basic supplies; and
• Find out if they can “shelter-in-place” and where they plan to go if they must get away.
Disasters can occur while your child is away from you, but protecting from afar is as easy as ABC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outline a quick and easy way to keep your child safe at school or daycare:
• Ask how you will reunite with your child in an emergency or evacuation;
• Bring extra medication, special foods, or supplies that your child might need; and
• Complete a backpack contact information card.
If your child has a disability or an access or functional need, be sure to meet with a school disability specialist to discuss plans for how the school will provide for his or her safety. For more information about school emergency plans, visit https://www.ready.gov/school-emergency-plans.
If you need to fund your school's preparedness supplies, consider First Aid Fundraising – Safe, Fun & Healthy Fund raiser alternative – big profits!
Parents, guardians, and teachers can also use the Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit to share safety messages on their social media networks.
National Preparedness Month is coming, and the theme "Don't wait, communucate!" was so successful last year, it is being expamded this year to help drive come the importance of commucation and planning before and emergency arises.
Some helpful articles to get you thinkingL
April 30 is the Spring America's PrepareAthon date...
Americans have been moving from awareness into action to prepare for disasters and save lives with America’s PrepareAthon!, a grassroots, community-based campaign to create a more prepared nation. On April 30, National PrepareAthon! Day encourages all Americans to know what to do when a disaster occurs, to get involved and to get prepared now and throughout the year.
Here are actions you can take to get yourself and your family prepared for emergencies and disasters:
• Learn about WEAs
Sign up for local alerts and warnings from school, work, or your local government.
• Know your community’s plans for evacuation and the evacuation route where you live.
• Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
Want more info on the PrepareAthon? Read: Ten Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!
Now that National Preparedness Month is over, many will forget about the need to be ready until the media harps on the subject again next September. Preparedness is a concern year round.. especially for businesses. Businesses, whether major corporation, or small businesses like First Aid Store, have a responsibility to be ready and resilient. Not only do the stakeholders and owners want the business to rebound and continue after disaster strikes, but there is a further responsibility to the employees of the business and their families, as well as to the community served by any business.
- Planning for Your Business
- Preparedness for businesses and recovery
- Preparing Business for Disaster
- Are You Prepared For A Disaster? Is Your Business?
- Preparedness for Business Owners and Managers
- Preparedness Planning for Your Business
The Disaster Prepared Business
Each year small businesses nationwide close their doors because of damage from flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, and hurricanes. Small business owners can develop a preparedness program to address the impact of hazards. There are five steps in developing this program:
- Program Management
- Testing and Exercises
- Program Improvement
According to FEMA’s Preparedness in America Report, employees are 75 percent more likely to take action when employers encourage employees to prepare for disasters. Employers can participate in the American Red Cross Ready Rating Program to help their organization successfully withstand disasters. To join the program, employers complete an assessment to gauge the preparedness level of their business. After the assessment, employers must take action to improve preparedness within the office and among employees.
America’s PrepareAthon! also offers Prepare Your Organization Playbooks to help business owners hold preparedness discussions and table top exercises for six hazards:
Today is the National PrepareAthon - and the last day of National Preparedness Month 2015. Are your participating? More importantly... after a Month of Survival Tips and information... Are you ready for tomorrow?
You never know when disaster will strike. Neither did Chantel, Abby, or Adam. Meet three survivors from three recent natural disasters: Hurricane Sandy; the Moore, Oklahoma tornado; and the Poinsettia Wildfire outside of San Diego. Watch their stories and then log on to www.ready.gov/prepare for more information on what you can do to prepare you and your family. Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare. #PrepareAthon
We've spent the whole of September talking about National Preparedness Month.
Are you ready for America's PrepareAthon tomorrow?
There's still time to get ready and get involved!
Here are some articles and info we shared through the Month:
Have You Seen the Light?
Are emergency candles a good idea for blackouts?
The largest blackout in the US left 50 million people without power.
Power outages can last longer than expected
Why is Power failure a big deal? Why is it a “Disaster”?
Did you know that Power Outages are the single most common emergency?
Hurricane Week is ending: Hurricane Season is NOT
That Blows. Blow Back with Readiness.
Hurricane and Tropical Storm Watches, Warnings, Advisories and Outlooks
Free FEMA App: Disaster Resources, Disaster Reporter, Weather Alerts, Social and Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Preparedness Challenges for Children in Emergencies
Wildfire Safety Priorities
Wildfires have now burned a massive 8 million acres across the US
Flood-related injuries and death
Flood Preparedness Takes Action
Flooding: Are you Prepared?
National Preparedness Month 2015!!
Here are some publications that can help:
Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings.
This document outlines alerts, notifications, apps, and other resources available by location and by hazard.
Be Smart. Take Part. Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan Wallet Cards
These wallet-sized cards can help you collect contact information for your family and other important contacts.
Be Smart. Take Part. Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan
This document outlines the steps to take to create your Family Emergency Communication Plan.
Be Smart. Protect Your Critical Documents and ValuablesThis checklist outlines documents that would be needed after a disaster to get on the road to recovery.