September Is National Preparedness Month!

by Nicole Viau, Health Promotion & Communication Specialist, City of Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services

Every year, National Preparedness Month (NPM) reminds all of us that we must take action to prepare ourselves and our families for disasters that can impact our communities. This year’s overarching theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today." Throughout the month, preparedness staff in the State of New Hampshire (NH) will be engaging with community members with the goal of educating them about preparedness and how to take action to be more prepared. As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no better time to be involved this September.

Week 1: Make a Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based upon public health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep you and your family safe.

Week 2: Build a Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Week 3: Prepare for Disasters

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

Week 4: Teach Youth about Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

For more information and to get involved, visit https://www.ready.gov/september.

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