National Preparedness Month

September 1, 2021

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. Bookmark this page for later reference!

Week 1: Make a plan »

In order to protect your home and family, it’s important to be prepared and have a plan in place. Habitat for Humanity’s family preparedness plan contains four steps that families should take to be ready for any disaster.

Week 2: Build a kit »

A disaster survival kit includes supplies your family might need to survive in the event of a disaster. It should be easy to carry and can be used at home or taken with you in case you must evacuate during an emergency.

You can purchase a pre-assembled emergency kit or create your own. Be sure your kit is prepared well before a disaster strikes, and check your supplies every three months. When assembling your own disaster supply kit, keep the following in mind.

Week 3: Low-cost, no-cost preparedness »

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.

Week 4: Talk to your kids about preparedness »

Being prepared for disasters starts at home. Everyone can be part of helping to prepare for emergencies. As a parent, guardian, or another family member, you have an important role to play when it comes to protecting the children and teens in your life and helping them be prepared in case disaster strikes.