September Is National Preparedness Month
Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the United States. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.
In fact, FEMA has an entire website devoted to helping you stay prepared at READY.GOV - we encourage all of our followers to visit the website keep you and your family prepared!
National Preparedness Month serves to encourage individuals across the nation to take important preparedness steps including: getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, being informed about the different emergencies that may affect you, as well as taking the necessary steps to get trained and become engaged in community preparedness and response efforts.
In 2016, the National Household Survey revealed that while more that 75% of Americans surveyed report having supplies set aside in their homes just for disasters, less than 50% have a household emergency plan.
Usually, you’ll never know when an emergency will happen. Emergencies and disasters typically aren’t planned and can’t be circled on a calendar. It only makes sense to have a plan in place, whether it’s for your home and family, business, during travels, or outdoor activities.
Resources To Help Plan For An Emergency
There are several online resources that provide plenty of information about the many ways you can plan for emergency and disaster scenarios. One great online resource is Ready.gov. Launched in February 2003, Ready.gov is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.
Ready.gov asks individuals to do four key things:
(1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses
(2) make a family emergency plan and
(3) build an emergency supply kit, and
(4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.
Ready.gov also provides links to prepare for pandemics, hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, extreme heat and more. They also have tips on making plans for specific disasters or emergencies and what should be in emergency preparation kits.
Ready.gov also provides a great online calendar planning tool that marks preparedness activities and provides customizable resources to help promote preparedness throughout the year.
Another great online resource is FEMA.gov – a government agency with more than 20,000 employees that was established to help people before, during and after disasters.
Stay Informed With Social Media
FEMA and the Ready campaign utilize numerous social media accounts as part of their mission to provide information to the public before, during, and after a disaster. There are also several informative preparedness community social accounts you can follow!
Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube
Additional Online Sites
- National Preparedness Community
- Challenge.gov (To submit solutions to solve specific challenges.)
- IdeaScale (An online collaboration site.)
Make Sure You Have The Proper Supplies
We also encourage our followers to visit Chinookmed.com - Since 1990, Chinook Medical Gear has specialized in outfitting government agencies, military units, contractors, corporations, adventure companies and individuals with the latest emergency medical gear. You can also customize what supplies you receive in Chinook personal aid kits.
Boost Oxygen has teamed up with Chinook – their Adult and Child “MyPak” feature Boost Oxygen, which supplies immediate supplemental oxygen during any emergency. The air we normally breathe contains only 21% Oxygen. Boost Oxygen provides 95% pure breathing oxygen. Boost Oxygen’s canisters are also lightweight, portable and can be used anywhere.
National Preparedness Month Videos
We had the honor to interview retired US Air Force Lt. General and former Surgeon General Paul K. Carlton, who is also on the Board of Advisors for Chinook. As a former Surgeon General, he can truly appreciate the health benefits of supplemental oxygen for respiratory support. Lt. General Carlton regularly uses Boost Oxygen and strongly supports featuring our product in Chinook’s emergency aid kits. Watch the videos below featuring Lot. General Carlton, as well as additional videos with information about Preparedness Month!