National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

2019 Weekly Themes

2019 National Preparedness Month Logo; Prepared Not Scared; Week 1: Sept 1-7 Save for disasters; Week 2 : Sept 8-14 Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters; Week 3: Sept 15-21; Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters; Week 4: Sept: Sept 22-30- Get Involved in Your Community

Congressional Co-Chairs

National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chairs


  • #BeReady
  • #PreparedNotScared

Graphics, Videos, and Related links

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  • “Prepared, Not Scared” PSAs
  • 2019 National Preparedness Month logo (.png)
  • 2019 National Preparedness Month social media graphics
  • 2019 National Preparedness Month Spanish Content
  • Share public service announcements and instructional videos
  • Print, share, or order FREE emergency preparedness publications
  • Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips
  • Sign up for preparedness text messages:  Text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to receive  preparedness tips. (msg/data rates apply)
  • Share preparedness information from in 12 other languages
  • Remember to include emergency preparedness messages in your social media, email signature, monthly newsletters, or other messaging tools
  • National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chairs and quotes

Social Media Content

Week 1:  Save Early for Disaster Costs  

Web Resources

  • Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide
  • Visit 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)

Social Media Posts

  • Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Learn more about flood insurance at #FloodSmart #PreparedNotScared
  • #PrepareNow. Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help you quickly file an insurance claim after a flood. #BeReady
  • Start talking with your children early about money. Include kids in discussions about saving for a disaster. Get ideas for how to involve them at  #YouthPrep #PreparedNotScared
  • 30 Days: The number of days it takes for most flood insurance policies to go into effect. Don’t wait until it’s too late! For more information vist: #PrepareNow #BeReady
  • Are you financially prepared for a natural disaster? Learn how to make a plan with @CFPB’s tips: #BeReady
  • What important documents should you have for an emergency? Download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit, which will walk you through the planning process: #PreparedNotScared
  • Plan ahead: how will you pay your bills if a disaster strikes? #PrepareNow with the help of these tips and free resources: #BeReady
  • According to the Federal Reserve, 40% of Americans don’t have $400 in savings.  What will you do if there is a disaster!  Learn tips to become more financially prepared: #PreparedNotScared
  • Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies, since ATMs and credit card readers won’t always be available. Cash can help pay for immediate expenses like lodging, food and gas. Learn more: #BeReady
  • Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into your savings account. Find more tips to help you manage your money to be prepared for the unexpected: #BeReady

Week 2: Make a Plan

Web Resources

  • 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

Social Media Posts

  • Be Prepared. Make an emergency plan today & practice it: #BeReady
  • Preparing your family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Get started today: #PreparedNotScared
  • It’s important to include kids in the disaster planning process. Review your family emergency plan together so that they know what to do even if you are not there: #YouthPrep #BeReady
  • Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.  #BeReady
  • Download a group texting app so your entire circle of family and friends can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.  #PreparedNotScared
  • Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more familiar if you need to evacuate in an emergency.  #PrepareNow
  • Be prepared. Get the @fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations, plus disaster resources and safety tips: #BeReady
  • Contact your water and power companies to get on a “priority reconnection service” list of power-dependent customers if you rely on electrical medical equipment. #PrepareNow
  • Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas in your home. #PreparedNotScared #BeReady
  • Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water, & meds to last for at least 72 hours: #BeReady

Week 3: Youth Preparedness

Web Resources

  • 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)

Social Media Posts

  • Teach children what to do in an emergency if they are at home or away from home.  #BeReady #YouthPrep
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