Sarpy County

National Preparedness Month Is Coming

National Preparedness Month 2017 LogoThis September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can."

We should all take action to prepare. We are all able to help our family, friends, and neighbors in our community by preparing ahead, training how to respond during an emergency, and knowing what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.

Each week has an individual focus:
- Week 1 is Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, and Friends.
- Week 2 is Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community.
- Week 3 is Practice and Build Out Your Plans.
- Week 4 is Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger.

Want to be a part of it all? Use the hashtags #NatlPrep and #PlanAhead on social media next month to show off what you do to recognize the month! Get ideas for how you could get involved at ready.gov/september.

General Preparedness Resources

Easy Emergency Preparedness Steps
Organization: American Red Cross
Audience: Everyone
Topic: Emergency Preparedness Steps
Website: www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies
Description: This website gives quick how-to guides and videos on preparing your home for emergencies and finding local training, such as CPR classes.

Home Fire Safety
Organization: American Red Cross
Audience: Volunteers, Individuals, Families, Communities
Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Safety
Website: www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/prevent-home-fire#About
Description: Sign up online to volunteer with your local American Red Cross to install, document, and educate people on fire safety for an upcoming Home Fire Campaign.

Youth Preparedness Resources

Children Can Be Heroes
Organization: The Hero in You Foundation
Audience: Young children and their educators, Families of young children
Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response
Website: https://theheroinyoufoundation.org/
Description: Download videos and worksheets on the 5 Rules for Safety and other important steps for emergency preparedness.

Sesame Street Helps Children Prepare
Organization: Sesame Workshop
Audience: Children ages 3-5 and their educators, Parents
Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety, Power Safety
Website: https://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/ready
Description: This webpage offers videos for children to watch about general safety and preparedness, printable guides and worksheets, guides for parents and educators, and links to apps for tablets and smartphones.

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