National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

Author: Emergency Preparedness Staff/Tuesday, September 1, 2015/Categories: Emergency Preparedness/Response

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September is National Preparedness Month: Week 1

Throughout September, National Preparedness Month highlights hazard-focused themes leading up to the September 30 National PrepareAthon! Day.

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 worship by:

  • Elevating critical utilities such as electrical panels, appliances, wiring, and heating systems;

  • Waterproofing your 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 floodwaters.

Share flood preparedness messages with your family,  friends and congregants using the 2015 National Preparedness Month Digital Engagement Toolkit.

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