September is Emergency Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. This year’s theme is Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today. Now is a great time to assess your family’s readiness for an emergency, and make changes where needed.

Here’s what you can do to prepare before disaster strikes:

  1. Make a plan: Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations due to the coronavirus.
  2. Build a kit: Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the CDC.
  3. Prepare for a disaster: Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
  4. Teach youth about preparedness: Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
  5. Register for emergency alerts: Timnath residents can sign up to receive reverse emergency notifications via phone and text message. Sign up at