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National Preparedness Month


September is National Preparedness Month. Across the United States, workplaces and communities will promote emergency preparedness. The National Safety Council supports these emergency preparedness efforts and encourages all Americans to take action.

You can join the effort by following four steps:

  1. Build a Kit
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Stay Informed
  4. Get Involved

Get an Emergency Kit
An emergency kit includes the basics for survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. You should have enough supplies to maintain your family’s comfort for at least three days or throughout an extended power outage. Review the items recommended for a disaster supply kit.

Make an Emergency Plan
Make plans with your family and friends in case you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet and what you'll do in different situations.
Ask about planning at your workplace and your child's school or daycare center.

Be Informed
Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones – for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.

Get Involved
Look into taking first aid.  Get emergency response training and learn how to participate in community exercises, and volunteer to support your community's first responders.





Staples, the world’s largest office products company and trusted source of office solutions, is committed to promoting safety as the sponsor of National Preparedness Month.

The Ready America campaign promotes preparedness throughout the year.  Download checklists, brochures, and videos in English and in Spanish.


Join your local Community Emergency Response Team. CERT educates you about hazards that may occur in your community.   It trains you in basic disaster response, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and your community's emergency response plans.


Become trained in first aid and CPR with AED.  Ideally, at least one person in each household and workplace should have these lifesaving skills.

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