National Preparedness Month

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National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. 

2022 National Preparedness Theme: A Lasting Legacy

The life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.

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  • Children are the future & an important part of building a national culture of preparedness. Teach your kids how to be ready this hurricane season! Find fun activities & safety tips:
  • Build a Lasting Legacy: Prepare your kids for disasters and emergencies. Take time to make a plan and have conversations about preparedness. Help them know how to stay safe and navigate potentially scary situations. 
  • Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Their responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions.

Emergency Kit

  • This National Preparedness Month, we are reminding you to build your emergency kit. Don’t forget to include:
    • Non-perishable food and water that can last several days.
    • Flashlights, radios & extra batteries.
    • First aid kit.
  • An emergency kit should have everything you need to survive for several days. Keeping your kit stocked with necessities like food, water, and medical care can make the difference in the face of a disaster.
  • Build an emergency supply kit this #NationalPreparednessMonth! Consider unique needs of your family. Include supplies that might be needed by pets, older adults, and those with disabilities in the event of the emergency.

Make a plan

  • Make a plan this National Preparedness Month!
    • Consider any special needs your family might have.
    • Make sure your kids know important phone numbers.
    • Learn your evacuation routes.
  • Disasters can happen anywhere, any time. That’s why it’s important you’re prepared. Do you have a plan for yourself, your pets, and your family? Consider the specific needs you might have in an emergency.


Your pets are also part of your legacy! Add these items in your emergency bag in case you need to evacuate with your four-legged buddies:

  • A selfie with them in case you get separated.
  • Medicine & grooming items.
  • Collar with an ID & a leash.


For more information, please view our Forms and Documents page.