National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

September 1, 2014

2014 National Preparedness Month: Be Aware, Take Action To Prepare

             Welcome to National Preparedness Month


The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America’s PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness. 

During National Preparedness Month (NPM) we ask you, your family, community, school and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th.  We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1st-30th.


The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”


How To Get Started



First, download the NPM 2014 Digital Engagement Toolkit. In the toolkit you'll find tips on how to promote National Preparedness Month, as well as resources, images, tweet suggestions and tons of other great resources to help you spread awareness! 

Download the NPM Toolkit


Register for National PrepareAthon! Day. America’s PrepareAthon! is a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. 

National PrepareAthon! Day is on September 30th. 



This week's focus on how to reconnect with family after a disaster. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.


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Throughout the month of September, we'll be sending tons of great content your way to help you spread the word about preparedness. Each week we'll focus on specific preparedness themes to ensure a well rounded approach to increasing disaster awareness.  

Week 1 – How to… Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.

Week 2 – Know How To plan for specific needs before a Disaster.

- Monday, 9/8: Youth and Children, and Colleges and Universities

- Tuesday, 9/9: Tribal Audiences

- Wednesday, 9/10: Business

- Thursday, 9/11: Public Safety Officials (Police, Fire, EMS, Nurses, and Public Utility etc.)

- Friday, 9/12: Organizations (Faith-based, Non-Profit, and State/Local/Tribal)

- Saturday, 9/13: Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs and Older Americans

- Sunday, 9/14:Pets/Animals


Week 3 – How to Build an Emergency Kit.

Week 4 & 5 – How to Practice for an emergency.

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Be Aware Take Action To Prepare
Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

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