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September is National Preparedness Month

September 12, 2019

Be prepared, not scared. 

National Preparedness Month is a program developed by the Department of Homeland Security that is designed to promote family and community emergency planning. This program runs annually throughout the month of September and aims to educate individuals and communities on how to properly prepare for disasters.

It is important to remember that we all must prepare ourselves and our families for times of disaster. Now is the time to learn how to make plans and how to best save money for emergencies.

In order to prepare, you are encouraged to make emergency plans for both yourself and your family. Developing a plan can reunite family members if they are separated and should include information such as where to shelter, where to meet, and how to communicate. Once a plan is developed, be sure to practice that plan to ensure it works for everyone involved.

Being prepared also means being able to recover when disaster strikes. Taking the time now to collect and secure critical records will give you peace of mind and the documentation needed to start the recovery process. You should also consider saving money in an emergency saving account that could be used in any crisis.

There may be people around you during and after an emergency that are in need of assistance so it’s important to learn how you can help. NIU offers training on several life-saving skills such as First Aid and CPR . Everyone is also encouraged to view the NIU Emergency Response Guide  to learn how to safely react in emergency situations.

If you are interested in getting involved in your community or simply want to learn more, please visit the National Preparedness Month website at to find personal plans, the FEMA mobile app , emergency kit designs, and more.

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