September is National Preparedness Month, a month that raises awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could occur at any time. The 2022 theme is “A Lasting Legacy”. 

Disasters and Emergencies

It is crucial to be aware of what type of disasters and hazards are common to your area or at risk of occuring in your area. It is also important that you know how you will receive emergency alerts and where you would go if you and your family must be evacuated. 

Make a Plan

Don’t wait to make a plan. Start today. When a disaster occurs, your family may not be together, so it is crucial that you have a plan in place for the types of disasters that may take place in your area. 

Discuss These Key Questions

How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
What is my shelter plan, should I stay at home or evacuate?
What is my evacuation route?
What is my family/household communication plan?
Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

Consider Specific Household Needs

For a plan to be effective, it is essential that you tailor your plan to the specific needs and responsibilities of those within your household. 

Create a Family Emergency Plan has an easily fillable form here that you can use to create a family communication plan.

Practice your plan with your family/household and review it on a regular basis. 

Preparedness Planning for Your Business

Just like households, businesses face a variety of hazards and have to prepare for disasters that can occur. Hazards and risks can range from natural disasters and health hazards to human-caused hazards and technology-related hazards. For more information and resources, visit


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