September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s theme focuses on planning: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week of NPM focuses on a specific aspect of the overarching theme, to help individuals, families, communities and organizations consider how they plan and prepare for disasters, and offer opportunities to learn and become involved.
The first weekly theme this National Preparedness Month is Make and Practice Your Plan.
Ready.gov provides tips for putting together your family/household plan. Don’t forget to plan for your pets, property, and critical documents. Commuters should also have a plan in case a disaster occurs while they are traveling between work and home.
At the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Preparedness Month also means that responders and healthcare workers should review and update their plans. Responders can start by packing their Digital Go Bag. Save valuable time with tools on your laptop or smart device for responder safety, surveillance and alerts, psychological health, and medical and health information.
Pro tip: internet access may be slow or nonexistent in a disaster. Check the offline functionality of your apps ahead of time by turning on Airplane mode on your device.
Is your organization building or revising its disaster playbook? You will find over 3,000 exercises and plans in the Disaster Lit® database.
If your plan is up to date, learn how NLM is developing virtual reality tools to plan and run collaborative exercises and training.
There are two webinars this week of interest:
Is your organization looking to get involved in spreading awareness during NPM, or developing a community program around preparedness? Check out ready.gov for graphics, videos, related web resources, and a plethora of social media content for NPM, in addition to their large selection of toolkits, and even resources for teaching kids about disaster preparedness.