Every September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized to promote awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and disasters that can occur at any moment in time. The 2021 theme for NPM is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
During this preparedness month the goal is to increase the number of communities and individuals that take part in preparedness activities/ actions at places like your home, school, work, and places of worship. Everyone should learn or refresh different skills that will be crucial in an emergency setting. These life skills include first aid and CPR, learning how to shut off water and gas. Also, you should be aware of having coverage for floods, earthquakes, and tornados.
Each week in September, the campaign focuses on a different aspect of preparedness.
Week 2: September 5th-11th: Build a Kit
Week 1: September 1st-4th: Make a Plan
Week 3: September 12th-18th: Low Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
Week 4: September 19th-25th:Teach Youth About Preparedness
Everyone should be mindful to know how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected emergency preparedness and response in their area. Local guidance on evacuations and shelters may be different from years past due to the pandemic, so research what is the current policy taking place.