National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
Each week in September, Habitat Oregon will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities.
Week 3: Low-cost, no-cost tips
Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by taking low-cost and no-cost actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family:
- Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate.
- Download or order free preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency.
- Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly.
- Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan.
- Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. Follow this list and see how many items you can check off.
- Take time now to safeguard critical documents, such as financial and medical records and important contact information.