September is National Preparedness Month and 2018’s overall theme is: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.  The theme empowers all of us to take an active role in preparing for disasters and emergencies. As we enter the peak of hurricane season, it is important for us to think about our personal preparedness as we help others protect their lives, property, and belongings in advance of a disaster.

“National Preparedness Month serves as a springboard for building a culture of preparedness,” says FEMA Administrator Brock Long. “Now is the time to expand our preparedness planning beyond having a communication plan, to include becoming financially ready for the unexpected costs associated with disasters.  Make sure to have adequate insurance coverage and learn a life-saving skill like CPR.”

Each week of National Preparedness Month, the Ready Campaign will emphasize a unique aspect of preparedness: