national preparedness monthThis year’s National Preparedness Month’s (NPM) focus is on planning for disasters. The theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
All of us can and should take action to prepare. Training courses help us to help the first responders by knowing what to do when disaster strikes – wherever we are. The overall goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and places of worship.The month’s outline includes weekly goals and links to associated training.

Week 1:  September 1-9
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
•  Make an Emergency Plan.
•  Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.
•  Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
•  Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.
•  Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.

Week 2:  September 10-16
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
•  Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive.
•  Take Until Help Arrives training.
•  Check on your neighbors.
•  Talk with your Power Company about utility safety.
•  On National Prepareathon Day, Friday, September, 15, hold an event.

Week 3:  September 17-23
Practice and Build Out Your Plans
•  Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
•  Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency
•  Participate in an emergency drill
•  Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks)

Week 4: September 24-30
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
•  Get your campus, business, faith-based organization and community organization prepared for an emergency
•  Join Weather Ready Nation
•  Sign up for Ready Business Workshop

In addition to these online training links, your can also participate in the Community Emergency Response Team training program locally. To become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by a local government agency such as the emergency management agency, fire or police department. Contact your local emergency manager to learn about the local education and training opportunities available to you. Let this person know about your interest in taking CERT training.

Billie Nicholson, Editor
September 2017

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