September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). This emergency preparedness awareness month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps. NPM is held each September and is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. This year’s theme is Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

Now is the time to be sure you can communicate during emergencies by having up-to-date contact information for those you may need to get in touch with during a disaster. Establish alternate methods of communication in case traditional means are not available.

Making a family emergency communication plan is a great way to prepare for disasters, but testing your plan is even better so you’ll be familiar with how to respond. It’s also one of the 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

In addition to the overall theme, each week of NPM will also promote the following hazard focused themes: 

  • September 1 – September 9:  Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
  • September 10 – 16: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
  • September 11 – 17: Preparing Through service
  • September 17 – 23: Practice and Build Out Your Plans
  • September 24 – 30: Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger 

National PrepareAthon! Day culminates NPM on September 30, 2016. Individuals, families, organizations and businesses are encouraged to use America’s PrepareAthon! materials, available at as you plan, host and support preparedness actions such as discussions, drills, exercises and training sessions, throughout the month and on September 30.