September is National Preparedness Month!

For Immediate Release
September 1, 2016
September is National Preparedness Month!
“What if… without warning, Shelby County experienced a catastrophic earthquake, a major flood, extreme terrorism, a hazardous materials accident, or a severe thunderstorm? What if you didn’t know what to do? What if you get separated from your family?” asked Dale Lane, Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director. “If you have a plan – knowing who to call, where to meet, and what to pack – the odds your family will survive are substantially increased.”
Please take the month of September, National Preparedness Month, to follow our 2016 theme, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today!”
Writing down your emergency plans will help you remember them and carry them out. To assist you, FEMA offers free emergency plan templates for parents, kids, businesses, and transit commuters. Please visit or to create your plan in 3 easy steps:
1. COLLECT information. Include emergency contacts, an out-of-town contact, a neighborhood meeting place, and a household inventory with photos. Don’t forget financial, medical, work, pet, school, and service provider information. Create a group emergency contact list for your mobile phones.
2. SHARE information with your family. Save the information for updates. Share mobile emergency apps with family. Make sure everyone knows how to text.
3. PRACTICE your plans! Have regular household meetings to review and practice your plans.
Additionally, each week of September is dedicated to a specific theme. They include:
Week 1: August 28 – September 3: National Preparedness Month kickoff
Week 2: September 4 – 10: Preparing Family and Friends
Week 3: September 11 – 17: Preparing Through Service
Week 4: September 18 – 24: Individual Preparedness
Week 5: September 25 – 30: Lead up to National PrepareAthon Day!
Explore disaster preparedness and National Preparedness Month resources at:
Follow the conversation at #NatlPrep.
View the “Don’t Wait” PSA at:
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