NEMA Announces Participation in National Preparedness Month

This September: Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love

Lincoln, Neb. September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) annual preparedness outreach event sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign. NEMA has committed to participate in NPM to increase preparedness in the community by promoting preparedness information at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island and by sharing preparedness information on its Facebook and Twitter social media accounts.

The theme this year is Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love” and asks citizens to take action now. Take time to build a kit, make a plan, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as floods, earthquakes and tornadoes. Educate and involve youth in preparedness. 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. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved than this September.

  • Week 1: Sept. 1-4              Make a Plan
  • Week 2: Sept. 5-11            Build a Kit
  • Week 3: Sept. 12-18          Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 4: Sept. 19-24         Teach Youth about Preparedness

Preparedness is a shared responsibility that takes the Whole Community.  Learn ways you can take action by visiting Ready.gov/prepare.

“NEMA recognizes National Preparedness Month each September because it provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year,” said NEMA Assistant Director Bryan Tuma. We work to build awareness and encourage Nebraskans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and places of worship. Being prepared starts by knowing your risk and taking the appropriate actions before, during and after a disaster strikes.”

Take action during September. If you have not yet created your preparedness kit, NEMA has this list of items your family can gather to make sure you are ready for the next disaster: https://nema.nebraska.gov/files/doc/preparedness-kit.pdf.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit Ready.gov/September.