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Community preparedness starts with individual action.  We all have a responsibility to prepare ourselves for the unexpected.  When we work together towards prepadness, our families, neighborhoods and community grow stronger and more-resilient.  Take Action during Preparedness Month. Make a plan, then communicate your plan with your family.  We have a more-secure Homeland when we all get involved.  

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. 

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The tornado near Woodburn in August of 2016 highlights the importance of preparing for disasters.  Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

Follow us during the month of September and Learn How to Prepare Now.  Visit www.ready.gov for comprehensive resources to Make an Emergency Plan

Make... and Practice your plan this month.  Include everyone!