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 theme for this week of National Preparedness Month is Learn Life Saving Skills.
The first person on the scene is the first responder, even if they are not a professional. Don’t find yourself unprepared for this role! There are several ways to learn basic lifesaving skills:
Are you already a trained medical responder? Take a look at resources for first aid and other live-saving skills in Disaster Lit®. You may be able to earn continuing education (CE) credit while renewing your skills.
What other kinds of lifesaving skills can make a difference in disasters? Protect your home and your family by learning:
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.