is National Preparedness Month: Week 1
Throughout September, National Preparedness Month highlights
hazard-focused themes leading up to the September 30 National PrepareAthon!
Flood is the theme for Week 1 (September 1-5). During this time, talk with
your family about flooding. Learn how to take action for this common hazard by
using the How to Prepare for a
Flood guide from America’s PrepareAthon! It is
particularly important to be prepared if you live in a low-lying area near a
body of water such as a river or stream; along a coast; or downstream from a
dam or levee. The How to
Prepare for a Flood guide outlines ways to protect yourself and
your property before a flood threatens your community.
You can reduce the risk of damage to your home and/or house of
utilities such as electrical panels, appliances, wiring, and heating systems;
basement and installing a water alarm; and
Clearing debris from
downspouts and gutters.
Purchasing flood insurance can help you manage any damage
that might occur to your home or house of worship. Just remember, there is typically a 30-day waiting
period for the policy to take effect.
Be sure to follow instructions from officials for community evacuation or
seek higher ground for localized flooding. One of the ways to protect
yourself and your family is to evacuate early to avoid being trapped in
preparedness messages with your family, friends and
congregants using the 2015 National Preparedness Month Digital Engagement