Each September, AzEIN joins others across the country to celebrate National Preparedness Month and highlight simple ways to help ourselves and our communities be better prepared for disasters.
This year, you’re encouraged to take simple steps to prepare yourself and your community for disasters by taking one action each day of the month. Join us on Facebook and Twitter as we promote 30 Days, 30 Ways to get prepared this September! We’ll tackle:
- Planning for your household’s unique needs: Review your family communication plan, evacuation plan, and emergency go kit. Add, change and replace to personalize for your household.
- Getting ready in the kitchen: Cooking a meal in an emergency doesn't have to mean bland-tasting food. Discover delicious, easy-to-make preparedness recipes and create your own dinner or dessert recipe with nonperishable items for our Emergency Kit Cook-Off online cookbook!
- Don’t forget your digital preparedness kit: Sign up for alerts from your local emergency management agency. Follow emergency officials in your area on social media. Remember to back up and password-protect digital files.
Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed September Arizona Preparedness Month in conjunction with National Preparedness Month in an effort to encourage people, businesses and communities to prepare for potential emergencies. During Arizona Preparedness Month, residents are encouraged to take these preparedness steps:
- Plan - Check your family communication plan for any needed updates. Don’t have a plan? Use the family communication plan on the Arizona Emergency Information Network website.
- Prepare - Revisit the items in your emergency go kit. Check for expired food and medications. Think about your family’s unique needs when packing supplies for your emergency go kit – such as pets and personal care.
- Inquire - Refamiliarize yourself with the local hazards around where you live and travel. Put your address in the natural hazard viewer to identify risk for flooding, wildfires and earthquakes. Sign up to receive emergency alerts from your county or tribal office of emergency management.
- Inspire - Reinvigorate others with your positive preparedness example. Donate blood, volunteer at your local food bank, or sign up for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.