National Preparedness Month 2019!
September is National Preparedness Month.
Join FEMA and the Texas Division of Emergency Management as we highlight key preparedness topics every week during the month of September 2019.
|Week 1:||September 1-7||Save Early For Disaster Costs|
|Week 2:||September 8-14||Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters|
|Week 3:||September 15-21||Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters|
|Week 4:||September 22-30||Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness|
Week 1: Save Early for Disaster Costs – Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. Starting a savings account specifically for emergency situations may help cover costs during the initial stages of disaster recovery and until insurance claims are paid or financial assistance can be requested.
- Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide
- Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business
- Plan financially for the possibility of disaster
- Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
- Financial Preparedness Graphics
- Financial Preparedness Graphics (Spanish)
- Flood Insurance graphics
- Flood Insurance Graphics (Spanish)
Week 2: Make a Plan – Disasters can strike at any time, often without notice. Trying to identify an evacuation route or locate a family member during a disaster can be difficult and time consuming. Be ready before a disaster strikes by developing an emergency plan.
- Make an Emergency Plan
- Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area
- Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan
- Make and practice Your Plan graphics
Week 3: Youth Preparedness – Disasters can be frightening events, especially for young children. Including your children in the emergency planning process may help alleviate some of that fear by reducing uncertainty.
- Youth Preparedness
- Ready Kids
- Sesame Street Fire Safety Program for preschool children (U.S. Fire Administration)
- Ready Wrigley (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Owley Skywarn (National Weather Service)
Week 4: Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness – There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer Texas consists of trained volunteers and informed individuals taking action to increase the support of emergency response agencies during disasters.
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
- National Safety Council
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
- State and Local Information
Texas Threats and Hazards
Learn about common threats and hazards which can affect your community and the steps you can take to better prepare for them. Threats and hazards in Texas include:
Interested in training opportunities in Texas? Visit the Texas Emergency Management Preparedness Website to view training schedules, training catalog and to sign up for online or resident courses (account registration required).
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