September is National Preparedness Month

Posted at 9:30 a.m.

Each year, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, which serves as a call to action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and visit.

The 2016 National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

National Preparedness Month

Don’t wait! Make a plan with your family and friends for how you will stay safe and communicate during an emergency or disaster that can affect your community. Download the Family Emergency Communication Plan and fill out the sections before printing or emailing it to your family and friends. You can also visit and complete a free family plan, as well as an emergency plan for your business; and houses of worship also have a planning tool for their organization as well.

Each week of National Preparedness Month has a theme to help you, your family and your community to be more disaster prepared:

  • Week 1 (Aug. 28-Sept. 3): Promote National Preparedness Month
  • Week 2 (Sept. 4-10): Preparing Family and Friends
  • Week 3 (Sept. 11-17): Preparing Through Service
  • Week 4 (Sept. 18-24): Individual Preparedness.

The fifth week leads up to National PrepareAthon! Day on Sept. 30, when the nation will come together to take action and practice their preparedness in advance of an emergency.

Our emergency management office is planning to provide a weekly video here on the emergency information blog, as well as social media content and an Ask Fairfax! online chat on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m.

So stay tuned for more information about National Preparedness Month and what it means to you and your family!

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