Participate in National Preparedness Month this September
This September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) which aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies.
NPM is a public awareness campaign that focuses on public outreach and education to talk about being ready and preparing for the unexpected. An array of theme-related community events, safety demonstrations, and educational outreach activities take place during NPM. The overarching theme of NPM is Don’t Wait, Communicate. This theme is supported by weekly sub-themes:
- • September 4-10, 2016: Multigenerational Preparedness
- • September 11-17, 2016: Community Service
- • September 18-24, 2016: Individual Preparedness
- • September 25-30, 2016: Lead up to National PrepareAthon Day
Among other activities, NPM encourages individual and community responsibility for dam safety, as well as to provide information on what steps can be taken to prevent future catastrophic dam failures. While dams provide many benefits to communities, such as storage of drinking water and improvement of wildlife habitats, they can also pose a significant flood risk if they fail. Dam safety is a shared responsibility and everyone is encouraged to know their risk (and benefits), know their role, and take action.
Here are some activities you can do to get involved:
- • Seek information about dams in your area and their emergency action plans;
- • Learn about local government evacuation plans and organize an evacuation drill;
- • Work with your local school systems to set up a field trip to a local dam;
- • Start an outreach campaign to raise dam safety awareness;
- • Host a Dam Safety National Preparedness Month community event; or
- • Visit FEMA Dam Safety, Association of State Dam Safety Officials and other dam safety-related websites to learn more about improving your dam safety program.
We also ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.
Learn from what others have done, visit http://damfailures.org/ for lessons learned and case studies from around the country.
Additional information on dam safety is available at: www.fema.gov/protecting-our-communities/dam-safety.
- Emergency Supply List
- Family Communication Plan (for children)
- Family Communication Plan (for parents)
- FEMA Mobile App
- Volunteer in your community