Become a hero this National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

This story originally appeared at FEMA’s official blog and was written by Darryl Madden, director of the Ready Campaign.

Last week marked the start of National Preparedness Month. All across the country, communities are hosting preparedness events encouraging everyone that “You can be the hero” when it comes to emergency preparedness.

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of kicking off the month with partners in the New York City area. One thing we stressed at different events is how easy getting prepared can be. For some things – like talking through a family communication plan – just takes time. It’s not expensive at all, and the return on your investment of time will return great dividends if you’re confronted with a disaster. During the events, the biggest takeaway for me was seeing how enthusiastic people have become in taking the steps to become prepared and how they are engaging all members of the family, young and old.

My hope for this National Preparedness Month and for you all is that you’ll take a serious look at how prepared you and your family are.

Do you know what to do during a disaster? Do your children?

Do you all know how you will get in contact with each other if your cell phone doesn’t work?

Or are you like these families, where you simply just haven’t talked about what to do in the event of an emergency?

If you’re anything like the families in these videos, then I strongly encourage you to take some time this weekend to sit down with your family and simply talk. Talk to each other to see you’re really prepared for an emergency, and if not then take action. Create a family communication plan. It’s simple, just visit the Make a Plan section on, download the family emergency plan, fill it out then send it to your family and friends.

There are other things you can do to get prepared, like building an emergency kit or by helping others in your community get prepared, but the most important part is taking the first step.

If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, you can join the National Preparedness Community where you’ll be able to share some of the things you and your family have done to get prepared, find out about preparedness events taking place in your area and have access to great resources to help you get your loved ones prepared.

You can also access preparedness info on Facebook or Twitter. Follow us, we’d love to hear from you.

It’s true that we may not know when the next disaster may strike, but we can be smart and take action today!

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